BEAUMONT — A former Jasper patrolman is suing the city, alleging discrimination and retaliation.

Lawson Dry filed a lawsuit Nov. 15 in the Beaumont Division of the Eastern District of Texas against the city of Jasper, alleging violation of provisions of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act.

According to the complaint, after three years of working for the Jasper Police Department, Dry ceased his employment with the defendant in August 2015, due to discriminatory practices. As a result, the suit says, Dry has suffered lost income and benefits, unjust hardships and was forced to seek alternative employment. 

The plaintiff alleges the city of Jasper subjected him to adverse employment actions by not selecting him for a promotion, did not allow him to take the test for a higher position and falsely accused him of hazing new officers.

Dry seeks trial by jury, compensatory damages, punitive damages, attorney fees, court costs and expenses and all other proper relief. He is represented by attorneys T. Phillip Brent and Lance P. Bradley of Bradley, Steele & Pierce LLP in Port Arthur.

Beaumont Division of the Eastern District of Texas Case number 1:16-cv-00472

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