Former employee sues firm claiming racial discrimination and retaliation

By Carol Ostrow | May 28, 2015


A Philadelphia resident brought a grievance against his former employer alleging civil rights and employment law violation in 2013.

Hussain Edmonds sued Prospect Airport Services of Philadelphia; in the U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania on May 22 alleging wrongful termination in May 2013.

The filing states that Edmonds, an African-American male, was hired as an auditor in October 2012. The plaintiff believes that he was subjected to discrimination including harassment and unequal pay because of his race.

When Edmonds’ father died on March 7, 2013, the suit states that the plaintiff was approved for two days of leave, but on April 15 was written up as having been absent without notice. According to the filing, Edmonds complained to the defendant regarding his perceived discrimination on May 1, 2013; filed a complaint with Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Pennsylvania Human Resources Commission on May 6; and met with the defendant May 15 to discuss his complaints.

At the May 15 meeting’s end, the plaintiff was fired, allegedly on the pretext of attendance issues, the suit states. Edmonds alleges that the defendant fired him due to his complaints of racial discrimination and harassment.

Citing civil rights and state employment law infringement and retaliation, Edmonds requests actual and punitive damages; additional compensation as the court deems fit; attorneys’ fees, and costs. He is represented by Manali Arora and Richard Swartz of Swartz Swidler in Cherry Hill, N.J.


U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania Case 2:15-cv-02874-NIQA

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