TRENTON -- The New Jersey Transit employee fired for burning pages of the Quran at the site of a proposed Islamic center near Ground Zero will get his job back, according to a settlement obtained by The Star-Ledger.
Derek Fenton, who sparked a national firestorm and condemnation from Gov. Chris Christie during his protest on the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, will be reassigned to his $86,110-a-year job and get $25,000 for pain and suffering. The settlement, dated today, also says he will get back pay equal to $331.20 for every day since his firing.
The state will also pay $25,000 in legal fees to the American Civil Liberties Union, which brought the suit on behalf of Fenton, 40, of Bloomingdale. ...
The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a prominent Muslim group, has also said Fenton should keep his job.
"Our question was always, was his action in any way related to his duties on the job? Apparently it wasn't," spokesman Ibrahim Hooper said today. "What he did, however reprehensible, should not impact on his employment." (More)