A Washington state middle school teacher is suing the Evergreen School District, his former principal and human resources director, for targeting him with harassment over his Make America Great Again hat.

Former Wy’east Middle School teacher Eric Dodge is suing the district, principal Caroline Garrett and human resources manager Janae Gomes for “emotional devastation” that resulted from being “verbally attacked and defamed by his new principal for the political opinions he held as a private citizen – specifically, statement in support of President Trump,” according to the federal lawsuit.

Dodge worked in the district for 17 years before taking medical leave for a stroke in 2017. When he returned, he was reassigned as a science teacher at Wy’east Middle School. The complaint stems from two training sessions ahead of the school year last August, when Dodge brought his newly purchased Make America Great Again hat, The Columbian reports.

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