Discrimination suit against Illinois college tossed

More legal jihad. Even in victory, however, the costs are significant. via chicagotribune.com.

ST. LOUIS – A federal judge has tossed out a lawsuit against an Illinois community college by an administrator who claimed he was retaliated against because of his Muslim religion and Iraqi roots, even undercutting his bid to head the school.

Rend Lake College, near Ina in southern Illinois, hailed U.S. District Judge David Herndon’s dismissal Monday of Salah Shakir’s 2008 discrimination suit against the school and its board.

Shakir sued in November 2008, saying the college wrongly investigated him over an anonymous letter received more than a year earlier that accused him of unethical behavior and faulting him for practicing his religion and speaking Arabic, often on the job.

The letter, the lawsuit alleged, claimed that Shakir — then vice president of student services — also skirted the college’s recruitment rules to ensure the enrollment of foreign students, many from Saudi Arabia.

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