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NJ worker fired over Quran burning gets job back

Posted by on Apr. 23, 2011 at 8:58 AM
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NEWARK, N.J. – The New Jersey Transit employee fired for publicly burning pages of the Quran on the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks is getting his job back.

A settlement obtained by The Star-Ledger Newark shows Derek Fenton will receive $25,000 for pain and suffering when he resumes his $86,110-a-year job. He'll also receive back pay equal to $331.20 for every day since his firing on Sept. 13, 2010.

The state will also pay $25,000 in legal fees to the American Civil Liberties Union, which filed a lawsuit claiming Fenton's right to free expression was violated.

The 40-year-old was not working when he set fire to three pages of the Quran in September in Lower Manhattan to protest a planned Islamic center near ground zero.

by on Apr. 23, 2011 at 8:58 AM
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candlegal
by Judy on Apr. 23, 2011 at 9:01 AM

He never should have been fired for this if he was on his own time.

jessilin0113
by Ruby Member on Apr. 23, 2011 at 9:01 AM

Rightly so.

imamomzilla
by on Apr. 23, 2011 at 9:21 AM

 Agrees.

I'm floored that he makes $86 K./ yr...

Quoting candlegal:

He never should have been fired for this if he was on his own time.

 

LokisMama
by Bronze Member on Apr. 23, 2011 at 9:24 AM

This.  But that doesn't stop people from being fired for things they say on Facebook on their own time.

Quoting candlegal:

He never should have been fired for this if he was on his own time.



OutNumbered_321
by on Apr. 23, 2011 at 9:39 AM
Yea he should not of been fired.
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LauraKW
by "Dude!" on Apr. 23, 2011 at 9:49 AM
Yux, but if the legal system says it should be then I will stand by it.
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sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Apr. 23, 2011 at 10:17 AM
I disagree

As someone stated, you can be fired for what you say on social media networks....his public actions could have caused harm to him or others and I beleve he was wearing his uniform at the time

I think they were within thee rights to fire him
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romalove
by Roma on Apr. 23, 2011 at 10:27 AM


Quoting sweet-a-kins:

I disagree

As someone stated, you can be fired for what you say on social media networks....his public actions could have caused harm to him or others and I beleve he was wearing his uniform at the time

I think they were within thee rights to fire him


He works for NJ Transit; this is not a private company.  You can be fired from private companies for almost anything, because you are an at-will employee.  The exceptions are being fired for gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, things that are intrinsic to who a person is because discrimination is against the law.  You can't be fired for exercising free speech, because that's Constitutionally protected.

muslimah
by on Apr. 23, 2011 at 1:24 PM

 

Quoting candlegal:

He never should have been fired for this if he was on his own time.

 I agree.

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