Louisiana Firefighter Files $1 Million Race Discrimination Suit

A former Louisiana firefighter has filed suit claiming that he was forced out of his department after he complained about supervisors making racially insensitive comments. Wilson Clark filed suit last month in US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana naming the Marrero Estelle Fire Department, Fire Chief Blake Hunter, and Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni as defendants.

Clark, who is representing himself pro-se, claims he initially asked supervisors to refrain from making racially insensitive remarks. Thereafter, the remarks increased forcing him to leave the department. The complaint alleges race discrimination and retaliation, and seeks $1 million in damages.

Attached is a copy of his complaint: Clark v Marrero Estelle FD

Here is an older new story about his situation:

About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.
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