MARSHALL — A former employee of Ben E. Keith Co. is suing the firm, citing alleged violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act and gender discrimination.

Kelessia Battee filed a complaint on Feb. 27, in the Marshall Circuit Court against the company alleging that the former employer violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that, as a result of defendant's discriminatory practices, she has suffered lost wages, insurance benefits, emotional pain and suffering, inconvenience and loss of enjoyment of life. She was terminated on May 19, 2016. The plaintiff holds Ben E. Keith Company responsible because the defendant allegedly subjected her to gender discrimination, failed to provide reasonable accommodations after a lengthy ailment and failed to equalize conditions of employment on par with those of male employees.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks actual, compensatory and punitive damages, attorney's fees and costs and such other and further relief. She is represented by Bob Whitehurst of Bob Whitehurst Law Firm in Tyler.

Marshall Circuit Court Case number 2:17-cv-00161

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