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Penn. state trooper charges discrimination.

A Pennsylvania state police sergeant born in Iran claims in a new federal lawsuit that the state police department discriminated against him because he was born in Iran and immigrated to the United States as a teenager.

Sgt. Farzad Sharif's 66-page complaint, filed last Monday, said he was unfairly skipped over for promotion and retaliated against for providing testimony in another employment discrimination lawsuit filed by retired Cpl. Joe Farthing.

Farthing's pending lawsuit disclosed details of an internal affairs investigation by Sharif that delved into Asian sex trips by three now-retired Pennsylvania State Police lieutenants.

Sharif alleges he was mistreated after complaining a trooper botched an investigation into his mother's auto accident.

Sharif seeks damages and back pay. State police spokeswoman Maria Finn said the agency hasn't received a copy of the lawsuit and declined comment.
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Title Annotation:Diaspora: Around the globe
Publication:Iran Times International (Washington, DC)
Date:Feb 8, 2013
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