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Retired National Guard general seeks $1.6 million damages in retaliatory suit

California Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Magram seeks $1.6 million.

Californian National Guard troops in 2020. Credit: Hayk_Shalunts/Shutterstock.
Californian National Guard troops in 2020. Credit: Hayk_Shalunts/Shutterstock.

Disputes between two leaders in California’s National Guard have now resulted in a lawsuit.

Jeffrey Magram, a retired brigadier general in the guard, says he experienced two years of antisemitic commentary from Maj. Gen. Matthew Beevers. After Magram filed a report about the alleged harassment, he claimed that Beevers retaliated against him, referring him to a disciplinary board.

Magram was accused of misusing staff resources, such as having subordinates do personal tasks and complete a portion of cybersecurity training on his behalf. He was eventually fired for these infractions, a decision upheld by a review board.

According to Magram, Beevers also interfered with the investigation.

Magram filed his lawsuit on Jan. 24, seeking $1.6 million in damages, according to Politico.

He said Beevers “mounted an unprecedented defamatory campaign against me, and it was supported by the governor” and that he wants “to make sure this never happens again.” He also wants to clear his name.

The California Military Department has called the suit “retaliatory and baseless.”

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