SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California prison guard has filed a lawsuit alleging co-workers harassed him because of his race and religion.
Elsiddig Elhindi filed the federal lawsuit against the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) on Dec. 31.READ MORE: 'Nature Shouldn't Be Treated Like A Trash Can': 7th Graders Team Up To Clean Up Lodi Lake
Elhindi is a native of Sudan and a practicing Muslim. He is represented by lawyers with the Council on American-Islam Relations.
The U.S. Department of Justice declined to pursue Elhindi’s case even though the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission determined in February that CDCR may have violated the guard’s civil rights.READ MORE: 'Heart Breaks Again': Homeless Advocate Speaks Out As Sacramento Police Investigate Homicide Of Possible Homeless Woman
The 56-year-old has been a correctional officer at California State Prison-Sacramento for 12 years. CDCR and Elhindi previously settled a similar case the guard filed with the EEOC in 2007. Terms of the settlement are confidential.
A CDCR spokesman declined comment Monday.MORE NEWS: Woodland Man, 18, Accused Of Intentionally Hitting Man With Car During Argument
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