Man alleges discrimination, hostile work environment

By Michael Abella | Jan 7, 2017

EDWARDSVILLE — An African American man is suing his employer and supervisor for allegedly discriminating against him.

Steven Edwards filed a complaint on Dec. 22, in the Madison County Circuit Court against America's Central Port District, LT Staffing Inc., doing business as Express Employment Professionals, and Jon Valle, alleging they violated the Civil Rights Act.

According to the complaint, Edwards alleges the defendants discriminated against him, subjecting him to harassment and a hostile work environment. He claims he was later terminated for engaging in a protected activity.

Edwards alleges that as a result of defendants actions, he has suffered and will continue to suffer loss wages and benefits, inconvenience, emotional distress, mental anguish and loss of enjoyment of life.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against each defendant in excess of $50,000, costs of suit, pre-judgment interest and all other relief that the court deems just and proper.

He is represented by Michael J. Brunton and Mary M. Stewart of Brunton Law Offices in Collinsville.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 16-L-1743

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