Maui prison employee filed lawsuit against department of public safety

A Maui Community Correctional Center employee claims he was retaliated against for whistleblowing.

Now he’s suing the department of public safety.

According to the lawsuit, hendricks haupu says he complained that a supervisor, a sergeant at the facility, was using inmates for his personal landscaping business.

Haupu says he was subsequently re-assigned and physically and emotionally abused.

In this instance its not sanctioned by the state or the federal government,” said Joseph Rosenbaum, Haupu’s attorney. “It’s being used by a private man’s business and in the instance we believe the inmates are being used as slaves.”

The department of public safety says it has not been served any legal documents yet.

And it’s reserving comment until the suit is received and reviewed.

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