DELANO, Calif. - A former California prison guard who alleges he was harassed for wearing a beard and dreadlocks in accordance with his Rastafari religion is suing the state corrections department.
The Fresno Bee reports (http://bit.ly/1bBZETI ) that Solomon Stanley claims to have received special dispensation from a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation rule requiring guards to keep their faces bare and their hair no longer than their shirt collars.
But in a pair of lawsuits alleging a violation of his religious rights, Stanley says new leaders at North Kern State Prison in Delano ordered him to cut his hair while fellow guards there called him "Bob Marley " and "Rastaman." The 47-year-old Visalia resident says he retired on stress-related disability in Dec. 2011.
North Kern prison spokesman Lt. George Becerra says he could not comment because of the ongoing lawsuits.