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CAIR Sues California Department of Corrections Over Harassment, Retaliation Targeting Muslim Prison Guard

Elhindi-lawsuit-article(SACRAMENTO, CA, 1/5/2015) — The Sacramento Valley office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV) today announced the filing of a lawsuit against the State of California and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) alleging violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

According to the lawsuit, Elsiddig Elhindi, an African-American Muslim who began working for the CDCR in 2002, has been subjected to severe and pervasive harassment from his co-workers and supervisors based on his religion, race and national origin for more than five years.

In early 2006, Elhindi began working at California State Prison-Sacramento (CSP-Sacramento), where he remained through September 2014. After his co-workers learned that Elhindi was a practicing Muslim – as he would openly perform his religiously mandated daily prayers while at work – his co-workers and supervisors subjected him to severe and pervasive harassment.

His co-workers constantly alluded to him being a “terrorist,” mocked Islam and its teachings, mocked his accent, and used racially derogatory terms in his presence. Elhindi reported the behavior to supervisors on multiple occasions, but the harassment did not stop.

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CONTACT: CAIR Northern California Civil Rights Coordinator Brice Hamack, 916-441-6269 or 408-986-9874, bhamack@cair.com; CAIR Sacramento Valley Programs & Development Coordinator Maheen Ahmed, 916-441-6269 or 916-605-6099, mahmed@sacval.cair.com 

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