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Lawsuit: Ex-prison worker from Pakistan called ‘terrorist’

January 23, 2020 GMT

A former Missouri prison worker who was born in Pakistan alleges in a lawsuit that she was frequently called a “terrorist” by her coworkers and was sometimes asked if she was “a suicide bomber.”

Sana MacClugage, who moved to the U.S. in 2004 and became a U.S. citizen in 2013, filed the discrimination lawsuit this week against the Missouri Department of Corrections.

The 32-year-old worked for the Jefferson City Correctional Center from November 2014 to June 2019, The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports. Her suit says that her supervisor retaliated after she complained about discrimination, including assigning her to “inappropriate tasks” such as collecting prisoners’ laundry, which normally is done by other prisoners. The suit also says that other corrections officers tipped off a prisoner about her complaints, putting her safety at risk.

The corrections department has spent millions settling discrimination lawsuits in recent years. Many involve female guards who alleged that male coworkers had sexually harassed them.

The Missouri Department of Corrections, which has been making significant management staffing changes, didn’t immediately respond to an email from The Associated Press seeking comment.