State Settles Nebraska Prison Guards’ Bias Lawsuit

lawsuit-settlementLINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska has settled a civil rights lawsuit filed by five Nebraska guards who alleged their prison was a racially hostile workplace.

The five and their law firm will receive just over $777,000. The state did not admit any wrongdoing as part of the settlement.

The five declined to comment. The Nebraska attorney general’s office, which represented the state and several officials named, also would not comment.

The guards filed the lawsuit in 2010, saying they were subject to racially charged comments and other bias at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln. The lawsuit was dismissed in 2012 and then reinstated in part by a federal appeals court in February.