Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau Nov. 11, 2013, 12:54pm

SHERMAN - An African American maintenance employee has filed a racial discrimination lawsuit claiming that his supervisor discriminated against him after discovering he had a white wife.

Baron Capers filed suit against Essent PRMC L.P., doing business as Paris Regional Medical Center, and Regionalcare Hospital Partners on Nov. 5 in the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division.

Capers is a former maintenance employee who worked at PRMC in Parish. He claims was subjected to unlawful employment practices committed by the defendants. According to the lawsuit, the harassment started after his supervisor met Caper’s Caucasian wife.

The supervisor allegedly made numerous racial slurs and discriminatory actions. After a series of incidents on Aug. 3, 2012, Capers told his house supervisor that he did not feel safe and was going home due to concern about his safety. Capers was terminated on Aug. 17, 2012, for taking this unapproved absence, according to the lawsuit.

The defendants are accused of violating Capers’ civil rights, including racial discrimination and retaliation.

The plaintiff is seeking an award of damages for mental anguish, humiliation, loss of privacy, loss of reputation, emotional distress, punitive damages, back pay, front pay, attorney’s fees, interest and court costs.

Capers is represented by Christine Neill and Jane Legler Byrne of Neill & Byrne PLLC in Dallas. A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Ron Clark is assigned to the case.

Case No. 4:13-cv-00641

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