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Lawsuit for discrimination against the California Department of Corrections settled

Posted at 5:14 PM, Aug 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-22 20:17:30-04

TEHACHAPI, Calif. — A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit filed against the California Department of Corrections. A former Tehachapi prison worker is now set to receive $1.7 million.

The lawsuit was filed against the CDCR in 2018 after Sarah Coogle says she was denied reasonable accommodations while she was pregnant and working at the Tehachapi prison. She says she fell while responding to prison fight in July of 2017. Coogle lost her unborn baby two months after the fall.

Coogle says it could have been prevented if she was given lighter duty but says she was denied by the CDCR even after providing a doctor's note.

Wednesday the two sides came to an agreement. Coogle will receive $1.4 million for the civil matter and near $300,000 in worker's compensation.

Coogle must also submit a resignation letter to the CDCR.