NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A black Connecticut prison employee says in a federal lawsuit that the state Department of Corrections suspended her without pay for complaining about a corrections officer displaying a Confederate flag in his vehicle.

Carla Moore alleges in a lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court that she was suspended without pay for one day after telling superiors she felt the flag was becoming a "permanent fixture" in the parking lot of the Corrigan-Radgowski prison in Uncasville.

The complaint says Moore was allegedly confronted by a white supervisor "in a physically threatening manner, screaming and pointing at her."

She says she was later suspended for one day, a punishment she considered to be retaliation.

Telephone calls and an email seeking comment from the Department of Correction were not immediately returned.

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