A federal appeals court panel has reinstated a discrimination lawsuit filed by a Muslim inmate who claims he was ridiculed at a Pennsylvania prison.
The Altoona Mirror reports the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals determined a federal judge in Johnstown was wrong to dismiss the lawsuit in which 58-year-old Charles Mack contends he lost his job in the prison commissary for complaining about the incidents.
Mack contends one Loretto prison guard put a sticker on his back saying "I love bacon" while another said, "There is no good Muslim, except a dead Muslim" while other guards and inmates laughed.
A federal judge dismissed the lawsuit because Mack was given freedom to practice his religion and wasn't made to eat or have contact with pork products.
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But the appeals court says he was still harmed for speaking out.