(NEWS) — A U.S. sheriff’s deputy who endured an anti-Semitic rant from Mel Gibson for arresting the star won the right to a trial Thursday, over his treatment by bosses after the notorious incident.

A judge ruled that James Mee could take his lawsuit to trial on the grounds of religious discrimination and hostile work environment, which he claims were behind repeated disciplinary action he has suffered since the 2006 arrest.

Gibson has struggled to resurrect his career ever since the incident, in which he launched a foul-mouthed anti-Jewish tirade at Mee after being stopped for drunk driving in Malibu, north of Los Angeles.

Mee, who is Jewish, filed the suit in September 2010, claiming that he was overlooked for six to seven other posts after complaining to his bosses that the Oscar-winning star received preferential treatment from deputies.

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