A federal judge today ruled that an employment- discrimination suit against iberia parish sheriff louis ackal can proceed.
News15's erin caldarera sat in on the hearing and joins us now.
This morning's hearing comes after a long wait.... liam pierce was given an offer for a job as a sheriff's deputy at iberia parish sheriff's office on march 29th 2012.... and then less than a month later... after completing a medical examination was told he would not be hired.
It's been over seven years for pierce to seek justice.
Sheriff louis ackal's lone attorney came forward saying it would be hard to argue in his favor without having ackal's deposition... scott schoettes... liam pierce's attorney says ackal's testimony doesn't change anything... "in our view, there really aren't any facts to which that the sheriff could testify that would change the outcome of this case."the hearing lasted 20 minutes and the judge denied the motion to settle the case in court thursday and gave ackal more time to provide a testimony before trial.
"yeah, it's a little frustrating to have this come in at the last minute."
"it's just dragging out, you know.
Wrongs were done and it'd be nice to have the issues all cleared up."i spoke with liam pierce on the phone."i was extremely confident that i was going to be starting.
When the offer got rescinded, it was like a punch in the gut."the americans with disabilities act says a person can only be required to get a medical exam after an offer to hire is made.
Pierce's medical exam showed he is a person living with hiv... "as we believe, discriminated against him based on his hiv status and refused to provide him with his job after learning he was hiv positive.""this whole issue comes down to the difference between educated and ignorance."
Schoettes was leaving and handed me ?this?
Copy of the paper sheriff ackal signed off on to hire liam pierce... before the offer was rescinded.
When i talked to sheriff ackal's attorney... he told me he'd rather not comment on the hearing any further than saying they agree with the judge's ruling.
Live in studio.
Judge juneau set the trial date for january 6th and pre- trial for december 18th.