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Lawsuit Has ‘No Merit', CLECO Says

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ALEXANDRIA, La. – A CLECO spokesperson responded to the multi-million dollar lawsuit that was filed Wednesday by employees against the company's CEO.

"We believe the lawsuit has no merit," the spokesperson said after nine African-American employees at the CLECO Corporation filed an $18 million lawsuit for retaliation and harassment against the company's current president and CEO Bruce Williamson.

The spokesperson also said the company will follow the proper legal process. The court case was filed in the Western District of Louisiana in Shreveport on Aug. 1.

Williams is facing charges of harassment and discrimination after the employees filed the lawsuit, along with seeking a minimum of $35 million in an employment discrimination case for general and punitive damages from CLECO.

According to a press release on Wednesday afternoon, the employees say that Williamson wrote a letter to them that threatened to punish them for pursuing their grievance against the utility company.

Stay tuned to NewsChannel 5 and for more story developments.

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