NJ worker fired over Koran burning gets job back

April 22, 2011 6:54:11 AM PDT
The New Jersey Transit employee fired for publicly burning pages of the Koran 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 Koran in September in Lower Manhattan to protest a planned Islamic center near ground zero.

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