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CHP officer claims discrimination over his Air National Guard service

A lawsuit filed by a California Highway Patrol officer is alleging discrimination and harassment in his Central California station over his requests for leave to serve in the Air National Guard.

Officer Christopher Lutz alleges that his supervisors in the Oakhurst Station, east of Merced, made it difficult for him to report for his guard duty on time, belittled his service as an inconvenience to his colleagues and falsely accused him of filing improper requests for leave.

Lutz is seeking damages in state court in Sacramento for discrimination, retaliation and defamation.

The lawsuit, filed in July, has become a test of whether claims can be brought against the state...

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