SAN FRANCISCO – A 58-year-old San Francisco County man alleges his race and age were factors in his termination from a job he only held for a few months.
Derrick Sutherland filed a complaint on Dec. 27 in the San Francisco Superior Court against BAART Programs Inc., Addiction Research and Treatment Inc., BayMark Health Services, Teresa Fleming, Nadine Robbins-Laurent and Does 1 to 100 over alleged violation of the California Federal Employment Housing Act, wrongful termination and other counts.
According to the complaint, on Oct. 2, 2017, Sutherland began his employment with the defendants as an assistant treatment center director. The plaintiff alleges during his employment, he was subjected to harassment and discrimination due to his African-American race and age under his supervisor, defendant Fleming.
The suit states he was terminated March 7, 2018.
The plaintiff alleges the defendants allegedly harassed him and/or created a hostile work environment based on his race and age and failed to take all reasonable steps to prevent discrimination.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment general, special and exemplary damages; pre- and post-judgment interest; attorneys' fees; declaratory relief; costs of suit; and such other and further relief as the court may deem just and proper. He is represented by Carney R. Shegerian, Anthony Nguyen and Gloria Tumanyan of Shegerian & Associates Inc. in Santa Monica.
San Francisco Superior Court case number CGC18572365