Man sues Goodwill for race discrimination

David Yates Aug. 4, 2010, 6:44am

Not happy making $6 an hour, Earnest Sennet, a minority male, has filed a discrimination suit against Goodwill Industries, claiming the charitable organization pays its white janitors more.

The suit was filed July 28 in Jefferson County District Court.

In his suit, Sennet says Goodwill hired him to provide janitorial services for the U.S. Coast Guard. He claims "he was paid only $6 an hour, while other white employee(s) received considerable more for their services."

The suit does not state when Sennet was hired or his ethnicity. Nor does it give dates and locations of his employment.

Sennet alleges he was supposed to be paid $11 an hour according to his contract, court papers say.

"Defendant told plaintiff that he was entitled to be paid only $6 an hour," the suit states. "Plaintiff suffered damages for which he herein sues."

The suit accuses Goodwill of race discrimination and breach of contract.

Sennet is suing for emotional distress and exemplary damages.

He is represented by Port Arthur attorney Antoine Freeman.

Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. D187-414

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