NJ Transit conductor who burned Quran sues over firing

NEWARK - (AP) - A former New Jersey Transit train conductorfired two days after publicly burning pages from the Quran on Sept.11 is suing to get his job back.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit Friday morning onbehalf of Derek Fenton.

Fenton burned part of the Quran to protest plans to build anIslamic center several blocks from the former site of the WorldTrade Center in New York City.

Police ushered him from the scene but he was not arrested. NJ Transit said it fired him for violating its code of ethics.The 39-year-old Fenton, who lives in northern New Jersey, hadworked for the agency for 11 years.

The lawsuit claims Fenton's constitutional right to freeexpression was violated. It seeks his reinstatement and monetarydamages.

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