FRESNO, Calif. — A California Highway Patrol officer has filed a lawsuit against the agency, saying his managers have harassed him and denied him time off for military assignments with the Air National Guard.

Lt. Col. Christopher Lutz is an officer in the CHP’s Oakhurst office, a town outside the entrance to Yosemite National Park. He tells the Sacramento Bee in a story Wednesday that he filed the lawsuit last week after trying for months to solve the problems with his supervisors.

Lutz says he was told his absences pose a burden to the CHP’s Oakhurst office, which only has 19 patrol officers. He says he has little say when he is required to ship out.

Both the CHP and the Guard declined to comment on Lutz’s lawsuit.

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