ST. LOUIS — A man is suing public library employees, citing alleged age and racial discrimination.
Silas Preston filed a complaint in the St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court against the St. Louis Public Library, the city of St. Louis, Angela Nolan and Lisa Wolf alleging that the defendants violated the Missouri Human Rights Act.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on June 16, 2016, he was terminated from his employment with the St. Louis Public Library one month before his vested retirement. The plaintiff, who is African-American, claims during his employment he was subjected to constant discrimination, treated differently than non-African-American and younger employees and perceived to be disabled. As a result, Preston claims he suffered emotional distress, lost wages and benefits.
The plaintiff holds the defendants responsible because they allegedly terminated plaintiff due to his age and race, failed to prevent the discrimination in the workplace and in fact ratified the decision and took reckless disregard of plaintiff's right under the Missouri Human Rights Act.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment for actual damages in a fair and reasonable sum over $25,000, and punitive damages, together with costs of suit, attorneys' fees, and for all other relief as the Court deems appropriate. He is represented by Bret C. Kleefuss of Law Offices of Derald L. Gab PC in St. Louis.
St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court case number 1722-CC01253