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megimoo
04-23-2011, 11:07 AM
The transit worker fired for burning pages of the Koran on the ninth anniversary of the September 11 attacks is getting his job back, being given $25,000 and receiving back pay for every day he was out of work.

Derek Fenton, 40, from New Jersey, hit headlines last year when he ripped up the pages from the Muslim holy book and set them alight outside the site of the planned mosque near Ground Zero....He was taken away by police but released without charge and a few days later he was sacked by NJ Transit.

But a settlement obtained by The Star-Ledger Newark shows that Mr Fenton has been given his $86,000-a-year job back, will receive $25,000 for 'pain and suffering caused' and receive back pay equal to the amount of $331.20 for every day since he was fired on September 13 last year.....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.

He said in a statement: 'Our government cannot pick and choose whose free speech rights are protected, based on whether or not they approve of the context of our statements or actions.....'This is the very essence of the First Amendment.'

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1379745/Protester-fired-burning-Koran-near-Ground-Zero-gets-job-AND-25-000.html

Novaheart
04-23-2011, 11:25 AM
Why would anyone burn a Korean?

JB
04-23-2011, 11:30 AM
Suck it NJ Transit.

pyackog
04-23-2011, 11:36 AM
Why would anyone burn a Korean?

Because they taste like chicken.

lacarnut
04-23-2011, 12:19 PM
Good deal Luciille

Zathras
04-23-2011, 12:31 PM
Why would anyone burn a Korean?

Free speech? Pesky little thing that 1st Amendment, isn't it?

djones520
04-23-2011, 12:32 PM
Free speech? Pesky little thing that 1st Amendment, isn't it?

Burning Korean's is covered by free speech? Hmmm... gonna have to get my wife a handgun.

lacarnut
04-23-2011, 03:47 PM
Why would anyone burn a Korean?

It is Koran not Korean, dumb ass.

Wei Wu Wei
04-23-2011, 03:56 PM
Free speech extends to the workplace?

should employers be able to fire their employees for speech they participate in when they are not on the clock?

lacarnut
04-23-2011, 04:55 PM
Free speech extends to the workplace?

should employers be able to fire their employees for speech they participate in when they are not on the clock?

What is funny is a dick like you does not agree that the guy should have won the lawsuit. That is why you are posting stupid shit like this. For once the Union and ACLU did the right thing.

djones520
04-23-2011, 07:06 PM
Free speech extends to the workplace?

should employers be able to fire their employees for speech they participate in when they are not on the clock?

I can be. It was something I was made aware of when I was hired.

Novaheart
04-23-2011, 07:36 PM
Free speech extends to the workplace?

should employers be able to fire their employees for speech they participate in when they are not on the clock?

The transit worker wasn't at work, wasn't in uniform, and did not identify himself as a transit worker.

Odysseus
04-23-2011, 11:26 PM
Why would anyone burn a Korean?
Ask Kim Jong Il.

Because they taste like chicken.
ROFLOL!
I dated a Korean girl years ago. She did not taste like chicken.

Free speech extends to the workplace?

should employers be able to fire their employees for speech they participate in when they are not on the clock?

Not if it's a government job that isn't covered by UCMJ. The First Amendment prohibits government from infringing on speech. A private company has the right to fire someone if their actions bring discredit to the company.

Sonnabend
04-24-2011, 07:49 PM
A private company has the right to fire someone if their actions bring discredit to the company.

Matter of fact,it may bring them some good publicity....that they have at least one employee with balls.

This one always comes back..ask a Muslim if he agrees with flag burning under the 1st amendment. When he says yes, ask him why a Koran cant be burnt under the same principle.

Watch him or her backpedal at 4000 mph.