ST. LOUIS — A plumbing inspector is suing a government agency and its supervisor, alleging age and race discrimination.

Karl E. Sharp filed a complaint on June 7 in St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court against the City of St. Louis and Chris Schalum alleging that the defendants violated the Missouri Human Rights Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that, since 2006, plaintiff has been working for the city's Department of Public Safety and claims that he has never been given a promotion and has never received any salary increase. The plaintiff asserts he was passed up for promotions and raises in favor of younger but less experienced employees. He claims his age and African-American race were contributing factors in denying him a promotion to Plumbing Inspector II. 

The plaintiff holds the City of St. Louis and Schalum responsible because the defendants allegedly denied plaintiff's right to equal treatment as an employee, denied him the chance to be promoted within the confines of his abilities and expertise and denied him promotions and salary increases due to his race and age.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment for compensatory and punitive damages in excess of $50,000, plus attorney fees, costs and such other relief as the court deems just and proper. He is represented by Jill A. Silverstein of Jill A. Silverstein, Attorney at Law, PC in St. Louis.

St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court case number 1722-CC03245

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