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Professor sues UCLA for refusing to give easy exams to black students

A professor who was suspended for pressuring black students to take easy exams has sued his school, alleging breach of contract and other breaches.

Gordon Klein, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), was asked last year by a group of non-black students to grade their black classmates differently. They wanted him to give them a “no-harm” final exam that would “only benefit the students’ grades,” he wrote in an email.

The group said unequal treatment should be given because black classmates are “facing directly the consequences of state-sanctioned violence and graphic content on social media that reaches from Minneapolis to our hometowns and our own communities in Westwood.” It appears they were referencing the police killing of George Floyd.

Klein declined the request, which prompted outcry from people organizing a campaign alleging he was a racist. This led to the discipline he taught at the UCLA school at the Anderson School of Management. He was suspended, banned from campus, and other people were hired to teach his classes.

According to the lawsuit filed in California Superior Court in Los Angeles County, Antonio Bernardo, the school’s dean, insulted Klein to alumni and the general public. Also, the school wrote on social media, “Deeply saddened to learn of this email, which we are investigating.”

The university prevented the school from shooting Klein, and he has since started teaching. But he sued because he doesn’t want the other professor to be treated the same way.

“They have had a pattern of violating people’s educational freedoms and engaging in a canceled culture. This shouldn’t happen to anyone, and I stand against it,” Klein told The Epoch Times.

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He said that in some cases universities “have lost sight that their main mission is to educate students, as opposed to racially profiling and segregating students or treating them differently based on their group identities, ” They said.

The lawsuit alleges violations of the California Constitution and the California Labor Code, including the right to privacy, protection against retaliatory discrimination, and an employer’s duty to remain politically neutral.

It seeks damages.

A spokesperson for UCLA told The Epoch Times in an email, “Due to privacy and confidentiality laws and concerns, we are unable to comment on the matter at this time. However, we can share that the university has normal procedures and practices in place. There are principles that uphold freedom of expression and freedom of intellectual inquiry, while making learning, working and living environments free from discrimination, harassment or retaliation.

“To this end, all reports of alleged misconduct are carefully and impartially reviewed by the UCLA Office of Civil Rights for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. This office takes every report seriously, ensuring that no case is premeditated To promote transparency, the UCLA Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion publishes annual public reports with aggregated data on complaints, investigations, and findings.”

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Zachary Steber covers US news including politics and court cases. He started as a New York City subway reporter at The Epoch Times.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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