“were subjected to a hostile work environment on the basis of religion”
Lots of schools have a problem like this. It makes these claims (sadly) easy to believe.
The St. Louis Jewish Light reports:
Professors sue, say their union is ‘anti-Semitic and anti-Israel’
Calling their faculty union “anti-Semitic, anti-Jewish, and anti-Israel,” six professors at the City University of New York have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit challenging what they call the union’s “monopoly” power to represent them.
The suit stems from a June 2021 resolution from the union, known as the Professional Staff Congress, condemning Israel for “the continued subjection of Palestinians,” and a subsequent call by the union for its state chapters to consider supporting the academic boycott of Israel.
The plaintiffs claim that in the wake of the resolution and its followup, they were subjected to a hostile work environment on the basis of religion, and had no choice but to resign the union. The suit asserts that the plaintiffs have a right to fair representation despite no longer being members of the PSC.
Five of the six plaintiffs — Avraham Goldstein, Michael Goldstein, Frimette Kass-Shraibman, Mitchell Langbert, Jeffrey Lax and Maria Pagano — are Jewish.
The suit claims that in the case of Lax, a professor at Kingsborough Community College,“CUNY and PSC leaders discriminated against him, retaliated against him, and subjected him to a hostile work environment on the basis of religion.”
Another plaintiff, Michael Goldstein, an administrator and adjunct professor at Kingsborough Community College, has experienced “anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist attacks from members of PSC, including what he sees as bullying, harassment, destruction of property, calls for him to be fired, organization of student attacks against him, and threats against him and his family,” according to the suit.
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