A state district judge Monday has ruled a lawsuit filed against the Lafayette Housing Authority has no standing in court - at least as it's written. Dr. Chris Williams of Lafayette filed the suit back in 2011. Dr. Williams claims the housing authority owes him money and his non-profit corporation.
"So, we're going to make these technical changes and we're just asking that we have our day in court," adds Williams.
Chris Williams is having to amend his lawsuit if wants his day in court. Williams' contract was terminated - that after a housing authority audit found some financial management problems within LHA.
Williams explains the technical changes he plans to make. "Specifically state that I'm asking for damages on behalf of myself Christopher Williams as an individual and then for future wages on behalf of the corporation Lafayette Training and Career Development Center."
The housing authority eventually settled with three other dismissed contracted case managers. Williams is said to be seeking nearly $20,000 in back pay. "All we're asking is that the housing authority allow us to go to trial quickly, so that we can bring this matter to some resolution."
Leon Simmons is one of the Lafayette Housing Commissioners let go as a result of the housing authorities dismantlement. "If we owe these people we need to pay them. It seems as though it maybe arbitrary and capricious that they may pay some and not the rest," says Simmons.
The attorney representing LHA, Robert David says under state law only an employee not a corporation can file a back wage claim. The judge agreed. The other issue was a request for a summary trial.
"Which is sort of an expedited trial process. Our position was the way the lawsuit was framed Williams was not entitled to that and the judge agreed," explains David.