A Washington Park man claims his employer refused to promote him after he filed an Equal Employment Opportunity complaint against the company.

Justin G. Cardine filed a lawsuit April 12 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Holten Meat Company, alleging his supervisors treated him unfairly after he filed a complaint.

Cardine claims he filed an EEOC complaint after Holten Meat Company refused to promote him from a training position he held for several years.

When the EEOC brought Cardine's complaint to the attention of Holten Meat Company, it demoted him from his training position and back to the production line, where he has been working since Oct. 11, 2007, according to the complaint.

"The day after I was demoted on Oct. 12, 2007, my former coordinator used profanity against me, and also sexual remarks towards me," Cardine wrote in his suit. "He was also held back from fighting me."

In addition, after filing his complaint, Cardine's bosses constantly rotated his position on Holten Meat Company's production line in retaliation, the complaint says.

Cardine claims he has tried mediation with Holten Meat Company to no avail.

The situation has caused Cardine so much stress that he had to visit a doctor, according to the complaint.

In his lawsuit, Cardine seeks a judgment of $50,000, plus back pay.

Cardine will be representing himself.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-167.

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