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Teacher Fired for Harassing Student Lacks Bias Claim

Magazine article HRMagazine

Teacher Fired for Harassing Student Lacks Bias Claim

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Smiley v. Columbia College Chicago, 7th Cir., No. 10-3747 (April 30, 2013).

A college instructor's employment dis- crimination claim failed because her employer fired her for her unprofessional behavior, not for her race or national origin, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled.

Suriya H. Smiley, who is of Pales- tinian and Lebanese descent, taught a Radio Student Operations class at Columbia College Chicago from 1994 until January 2009.

In late 2008, the school received a complaint from one of Smiley's students. The student said Smiley harassed him because he is Jewish and alleged that Smiley said she could tell he was Jewish by his nose and last name. He claimed that she said, "Damn, those Jews know some good food."

The school's anti-discrimination and harassment policy requires an administrator to interview the com- plaining student and the instructor and then determine whether the policy was violated. When the administrator interviewed Smiley, she admitted that she "goofs around with students" and that she knew she hurt the student's feelings but added, "It's not going to hurt a regular stu- dent. …

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