United States District Court, W.D. Louisiana, Monroe Division
L. HAYES Judge
A. DOUGHTY UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
before the Court is a Motion for Partial Summary Judgment on
Plaintiff's Wage Discrimination Claims [Doc. No. 47]
filed by Defendant Jackson Parish Hospital Service District
No. 1 d/b/a Jackson Parish Hospital (“the
Hospital”). The Hospital moves for summary judgment
dismissing Plaintiff Cora Bradford's
(“Bradford”) wage discrimination claims.
September 30, 2019, Bradford filed a Memorandum in Opposition
to the Motion for Partial Summary Judgment [Doc. No. 49].
October 4, 2019, the Hospital filed a Reply Memorandum in
support of its Motion for Partial Summary Judgment [Doc. No.
following reasons, the Hospital's Motion for Partial
Summary Judgment is GRANTED, and Bradford's wage
discrimination claims are DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE.
a Black female, was formerly employed by the Hospital. She
was last employed as Chief Financial Officer
predecessor as CFO was a white male, Eric Cripps
(“Cripps”). Cripps was originally hired as an
accountant in September 2008 and promoted to business team
leader in January 2011. He resigned on September 21, 2012,
but returned to work at the hospital on February 1, 2013. On
May 4, 2015, Cripps was promoted to CFO, with a salary of
$90, 000.00. Cripps continued to serve as CFO until December
14, 2015, when he began serving as both the CFO and the Chief
Operating Officer (“COO”). At that time, his
salary was increased to $100, 000.00. Then-Chief Executive
Officer (“CEO”) Bobby Jordan approved the raise
and provided a detailed explanation of the duties Cripps
assumed as COO. Cripps resigned on September 22, 2016.
was first employed by the Hospital on December 1, 2015, as an
accountant. After Cripps' resignation, on October 14,
2016, Bradford was promoted to CFO. Her salary was then
increased from $85, 000, to $90, 000.00. She did not take on
the role of COO, only that of CFO.
Hospital terminated Bradford on September 26, 2017, for
alleged poor job performance.
about October 28, 2017, Bradford filed a charge with the
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”),
alleging that the Hospital discriminated against her on the
basis of race and color. [Doc. No. 34, ¶ 25]. The EEOC
issued Bradford a Dismissal and Notice of Rights on August 1,
2018. [Doc. No. 34, ¶ 26].
October 23, 2018, Bradford filed her original Complaint in
this Court against the Hospital and Inquiseek, LLC
(“Inquiseek”), a consulting firm hired by the
Hospital to evaluate its accounting functions. In her
original Complaint, Bradford alleging wrongful termination,
disparate treatment, and wage disparity in violation of Title
VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 USC § 2000e,
et seq. (“Title VII”); 42 U.S.C.
§§ 1981 &. 1983; the Equal Pay Act of 1963
(“the Equal Pay Act”), 29 U.S.C. §206, an
amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act
(“FLSA”), 29 USC § 201; and the Louisiana
Employment Discrimination Law (“LEDL”), La. Rev.
Stat. § 23:332. See [Doc. No. 1, ¶¶
17-19]. Additionally, she asserted state tort claims against
Inquiseek based on alleged verbal abuse and threats by its
agent, Jeff Harper. She sought lost wages and benefits;
liquidated, exemplary, and punitive damages; attorneys'
fees, interests, and costs; and an injunction enjoining
Defendants from engaging in the alleged discrimination and
requiring them to take affirmative actions to redress their
November 12, 2018, the Jackson Parish Police Jury and the
Hospital filed an Answer to the Complaint in which they
clarified that they had been improperly named in the
Complaint as a single entity (the “Jackson Parish
Police Jury d/b/a Jackson Parish Hospital”),
effectively substituting themselves as Defendants. [Doc. No.
5]. On November 13, 2018, Inquiseek filed its answer. [Doc.
January 15, 2019, all three Defendants filed motions to
dismiss. The Police Jury moved to dismiss the claims against
it because it was neither Bradford's employer, nor took
any of the challenged actions. [Doc. No. 11]. Bradford filed
a statement of no opposition to this motion. [Doc. Nos. 22
& 23]. The Court granted the motion, and all claims
against the Police Jury were dismissed. [Doc. No. 24].
also filed a motion to dismiss Bradford's claims for
tortious interference with contract, intentional infliction
of emotional distress, and for punitive damages. [Doc. No.
14]. Bradford filed an opposition [Doc. No. 25], and Inquseek
filed its reply [Doc. No. 30].
Hospital filed a motion to dismiss seeking dismissal of
Bradford's claims against it under Sections 1981 and
1983, the Equal Pay Act, and for punitive damages. [Doc. Nos.