Friday, April 22, 2011

NJ Transit worker who was fired for burning a Qur'an get's his job back plus back pay

A small but important win for free speech and a blow to Islamists and jihadists.

Go New Jersey and Derek Fenton!

From AP/Google April 22

Transit worker fired for burning pages of Qur’an gets job back, plus pain and suffering fees 
NEWARK, N.J. — The New Jersey Transit employee fired for publicly burning pages of the Qur’an on the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks last year 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 Qur’an in September in Lower Manhattan to protest a planned Islamic centre near ground zero.

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