Fired for Being Muslim? NYC College Prof Claims Bias

Wednesday, Sep 29, 2010  |  Updated 8:15 AM EDT
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Fired for Being Muslim? NYC College Prof Claims Bias

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Hanaa Khalil was awarded $7,700 in back pay and $10,000 in damages after filing a complaint with the city's human rights commission.

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A New York City college professor claims she was fired because she is a Muslim.

Hanaa Khalil was awarded $7,700 in back pay and $10,000 in damages after filing a complaint with the city's human rights commission.

The chemistry professor says she was hired by Kingsborough Community College sight unseen after posting her resume on the City University of New York website in March 2009.

Court papers say when the Egyptian immigrant from Queens arrived wearing a headscarf the college's secretary asked for her ID. The papers say she was given a hard time for not having a Social Security card even though she produced a green card, passport and driver's license.

Khalil says she was fired after complaining to the personnel department.

Spokeswoman Ruby Ryles says the college denies the allegations.

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