Lawsuit aims to change CDCR policy

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Correctional officer sues CDCR

A court order could change how female corrections officers are assigned on duty.

The order stems from a lawsuit by Sarah Coogle, an officer at California Correctional Institute in Tehachapi. Coogle says she lost her baby last year after falling, while responding to a fight.

She says she has asked for lighter duties at work but was denied. The lawsuit calls for superior court to remove a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation policy that allowed officials to deny her request.

This morning, a judge said CDCR cannot demote Coogle or reduce her pay due to pregnancy — until the case is settled.

While the order is specific to Coogle, her attorney says it lays the foundation for other women to fight this policy.

A trial is scheduled for Sept. 16, 2019.

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