The Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office is facing a discrimination suit that alleges both a sex-based and race-based hostile work environment. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Lakeisha Davis, the only black woman detective in the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office. Kathryn Gannon, another plaintiff involved in the case, alleges she has been subject to gender discrimination.

Michelle J. Douglass, Esq. is proud to represent Davis.

The plaintiffs were both hired in 2004 and allege a hostile work environment in which they were denied promotions and given menial tasks because they are women.

Davis alleges that she was called racist and sexist expletives by her then-supervisor in September 2019. She adds that this was not the first instance of discrimination, but a tipping point that inspired her to file a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in October 2019. The complaint resulted in an investigation, but the results have not yet been made public.

Davis claims she was targeted and was not protected as a black woman. Around 2011 to 2015, she reported the continual disrespect. The defendant allegedly told Davis she could find another job “pumping gas” if she was unhappy.

In or around 2015, allegedly due to Davis’ complaints, she was disadvantageously transferred from the Special Victims Unit to the Litigation Unit across town. Davis has been in litigation ever since.

The suit has been filed inthe U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, Camden Vicinage. The plaintiffs in Case 1:22-cv-00783 are demanding a jury trial.

Attorney Ms. Douglass serves as of counsel at Burnham Douglass and has a long history of helping employees who have been discriminated against at work. Call 856-751-5505 or contact us today for help with an employment matter. With offices in Marlton and Northfield, New Jersey, the firm serves clients throughout the state.