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Scranton prof sues, says he lost tenure for being Greek

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A former professor at the University of Scranton has sued the university claiming it denied him tenure and fired him because of his Greek heritage. The professor was hired in 2008 and taught at the university for four years before his dismissal.

The man’s allegations focus on how he was treated by colleagues.

He claims one co-worker once told him to “go back to Greece” and another introduced him to students as “the little Greek guy.” His lawsuit seeks reinstatement, back pay and other damages.

Note: Offhand comments about a person’s ethnic background or national origin can provide fodder for litigation. The court will look at whether he was treated differently than similarly situated employees in its analysis of whether the university actually discriminated against him or not.

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