A former employee who won a discrimination settlement from the Danville Housing Authority has filed another complaint against the agency.
Richard Meaux of Danville alleges the housing authority has denied renting an apartment to him in retaliation for a racial discrimination lawsuit he filed against the agency in 2007.
Along with the housing authority, director Rachel White and housing manager Susan Smock are named as defendants. The lawsuit was filed April 1 in Boyle Circuit Court. None of the defendants has yet filed a response.
According to the complaint, Meaux applied for an apartment with the agency in April 2010 to be closer to his brother, who is suffering a terminal illness.
“Despite his good credit and meeting all relevant guidelines,” Meaux was denied “an apartment in retaliation for having filed the above-mentioned complaint of discrimination,” the lawsuit states.
In the 2007 complaint, Meaux alleged he was passed over for raises and promotions as an employee of the agency from 1986-2006 while similarly qualified white employees received raises and promotion. The case was settled out of court in 2010.
In the current lawsuit, Meaux alleges the defendants further acted with malice when they falsely reported the amount of the settlement to the Internal Revenue Service.
Attached to the lawsuit is a 2010 W-2 tax form to Meaux from the housing authority that lists $30,000 in the box marked “Other income.”
The lawsuit, filed by attorney Aubrey Williams of Louisville, seeks an unspecified amount of damages for Meaux’s embarrassment, humiliation and mental anguish.