Religious and racial discrimination is alive and well in one Northern California prison, according to worker Elsiddig Elhindi, a Sudanese Muslim who has worked as a prison guard for 12 years. Elhindi filed a federal lawsuit against the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) at the end of 2014.
The prison guard asserts that coworkers often call him derogatory names like “terrorist” and insult him for his Sudanese accent. He has complained before to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for similar abuse and believes that the continued workplace harassment is in retaliation to his previous complaints, which were settled confidentially in 2010.
Despite the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s determination that the CDCR had likely violated Elhindi’s civil rights, the U.S. Department of Justice has declined the opportunity to get involved. Unspecified damages are sought for the harassment.
Workplace Discrimination Is Making Me Hate My Job. How Do I Stop It?
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has determined that harassment is a form of employment discrimination, and as such, it is unlawful. You do not have to accept this abuse from your coworkers. The Los Angeles employment lawyers at Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob can help ensure that you are treated with the respect and dignity that you deserve. Call us at (310) 273-3180 to schedule a free consultation.
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