ST. LOUIS — A former nursing director is suing a medical facility for allegedly permitting a hostile working environment.

Jason Caputo filed a complaint Aug. 24 in the St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court against Hillside Manor Healthcare and Rehab Center LLC, alleging the defendant failed to exercise reasonable care to prevent or correct racially offensive and discriminatory conduct of its employees.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that in July 2016, he began to experience hostile treatment from his co-workers. He alleges the harassment and threatening remarks were because workers did not approve of his decision to move an employee out of her position. After reporting the threats to management, the plaintiff claims he was terminated. His supervisor stated that reporting the threats to the police was one of the factors in the decision to terminate him, the complaint states.

The plaintiff holds Hillside Manor Healthcare and Rehab Center responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to make good-faith efforts to enforce company policies to prevent illegal discrimination against its employees, including racial discrimination and harassment.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks to award of compensatory, nominal and punitive damages in an amount in excess of $25,000, with attorneys' fees, costs and other relief deemed just and proper. He is represented by Jeremy D. Hollingshead of Hollingshead & Dudley in St. Louis.

St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court case number 1722-CC11114

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