“lost pay and emotional distress”
Lisa Durden was fired from her job at Essex County College following an appearance on the Tucker Carlson show during which she defended the idea of a racially segregated event. Now she’s suing.
The College Fix reports:
Professor fired for defending blacks-only BLM event sues college for violating her civil rights
An adjunct professor who was canned after defending a blacks-only Black Lives Matter event has sued her former employer, claiming the public college violated her free-speech rights under state law.
Lisa Durden was fired from Essex County College last year after her appearance on Tucker Carlson’s show on Fox News, but the New Jersey school has struggled to explain the legal grounds for her termination.
She made clear in a phone interview with The College Fix this week that she hopes her state lawsuit emboldens others to speak without fear.
“I want people to feel comfortable and to be able to express themselves and take a stand,” she said on the call, which was joined by her lawyer Leslie Farber.
Durden’s punishment was a “denial of civil rights” and she’s seeking “lost pay and emotional distress” caused by the college’s actions toward her, Farber said. She’s also seeking “reinstatement” in order to resolve the lawsuit.
But she’s not waiting for Essex to come calling, however. She’s a panelist on the WWOR news and talk show Chasing News, and is developing “several new projects” on her own while “always pursuing new opportunities,” she told The Fix.
Durden calls herself “a subject expert in pop culture” and has been doing it “for 10-15 years.”
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