Fired Pro-Israel U. Maryland Prof Files Federal Charge of Discrimination
“cited a string of incidents running through 2016 and 2017”
We’ve been following the story of professor Melissa Landa for a few months. She and many of her students believe she was fired unfairly. Now she has filed federal charges.
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
Former U. Maryland Professor Files Federal Discrimination Charge Against College of Education
A former professor at the University of Maryland has filed a federal charge of discrimination against the College of Education, alleging that her termination from the institution was retaliation by her superiors for her extramural pro-Israel advocacy.
Melissa Landa initiated the investigation Tuesday with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, cross-filing with the Maryland Commission on Human Relations, after an internal Title IX investigation completed in November found no evidence that university officials discriminated against Landa on the basis of political affiliation, religion, or national origin.
In her filing, Landa cited a string of incidents running through 2016 and 2017, leading to her termination last summer. She alleged that she was discriminated against based on her religion, political affiliation, and gender identity.
She claimed repeated confrontations erupted across a two-year period with the chair and associate chair department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership, Francine Hultgren and John O’Flahavan, over Landa’s pro-Israel, anti-boycott activities and her taking time off to observe religious holidays.
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