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Mon Nov 27, 2023, 04:07 PM Nov 2023

Doctor sues NYU Langone for unlawful termination after Israel-Hamas war-related posts [View all]

The former director of NYU Langone Health’s Perlmutter Cancer Center filed a lawsuit against both the hospital and the university on Thursday, alleging that he was terminated due to patient and online responses to social media posts he made related to the Israel-Hamas war. The medical center said it “stands by” its decision to terminate him.

The director, Jewish cancer biologist Benjamin Neel, claimed he was terminated without due process and that he was discriminated against on the basis of religion in the lawsuit. Neel said he was fired from NYU Langone for reposting content on the social media platform X that criticized those “who supported the violence toward and the death of Israelis.” Neel has received backlash online over the reposts, with some calling them “racist” and “anti-Arab.”

The medical center terminated Neel from his position on Nov. 10 after initially suspending him, according to the complaint. Neel alleged that besides a 10-minute human resources interview, the medical center “did not engage in any process” before his termination. An attorney for Neel did not respond to a request for comment.

NYU Langone spokesperson Steve Ritea said Neel disregarded the medical center’s Code of Conduct and Social Media Policy — which prohibit discrimination or harassment on the basis of race or ethnicity — in his social media activity. At the time of the reposts, Neel’s account was public, but has since been made private.



Ah, such peace and joy the Abrahamic faiths have brought to the world!

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