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Apr222011

Report: Man Fired for Koran Burning Gets His Job Back

DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images(NEWARK, N.J.) -- A New Jersey Transit employee who burned pages of the Koran on the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks is reportedly getting his job back.

Under a settlement, the details of which were obtained by The Star-Ledger, Derek Fenton will return to his job, receive $25,000 for pain and suffering, and $331.20 in back pay for each day since his termination. The state will be required to pay the American Civil Liberties Union -- who brought on the case on Fenton’s behalf --$25,000 in legal fees.

It was his day off, and Fenton did not identify himself as an NJ Transit worker when he tore three pages from a Koran and lit them on fire last September at the site of a proposed Islamic cultural center scheduled to be built near Ground Zero in New York City.

Fenton’s actions ignited outrage -- Gov. Chris Christie at the time called the act intolerable and unacceptable -- and Fenton was eventually fired.

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