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Tennessee: USD 100K in damages awarded to fired Muslim trooper

A federal judge has ordered Tennessee to pay USD 100,000 in damages to a Muslim state trooper fired after a military liaison falsely accused him of terrorist sympathies.

The Knoxville Sentinel reports US Tena Campbell issued the order this week. Last year, Campbell ruled the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security discriminated against De'Ossie Dingus because of his religion.

Campbell initially awarded Dingus a symbolic USD 1 in damages, chiefly because Dingus didn't seek counseling or other psychological treatment. To receive damages, a plaintiff must show discrimination caused emotional distress.

Then a federal appeals in April declared the award "wholly inadequate," saying the emotional harm Dingus suffered was "egregious" and obvious.

Dingus previously won a separate civil service hearing awarding him back pay and benefits. He took early retirement.

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Tennessee: USD 100K in damages awarded to fired Muslim trooper

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A federal judge has ordered Tennessee to pay USD 100,000 in damages to a Muslim state trooper fired after a military liaison falsely accused him of terrorist sympathies.

The Knoxville Sentinel reports US Tena Campbell issued the order this week. Last year, Campbell ruled the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security discriminated against De'Ossie Dingus because of his religion.



Campbell initially awarded Dingus a symbolic USD 1 in damages, chiefly because Dingus didn't seek counseling or other psychological treatment. To receive damages, a plaintiff must show discrimination caused emotional distress.

Then a federal appeals in April declared the award "wholly inadequate," saying the emotional harm Dingus suffered was "egregious" and obvious.

Dingus previously won a separate civil service hearing awarding him back pay and benefits. He took early retirement.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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Tennessee: USD 100K in damages awarded to fired Muslim trooper

A federal judge has ordered Tennessee to pay USD 100,000 in damages to a Muslim state trooper fired after a military liaison falsely accused him of terrorist sympathies. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports US District Judge Tena Campbell issued the order this week. Last year, Campbell ruled the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security discriminated against De'Ossie Dingus because of his religion. Campbell initially awarded Dingus a symbolic USD 1 in damages, chiefly because Dingus didn't seek counseling or other psychological treatment. To receive damages, a plaintiff must show discrimination caused emotional distress. Then a federal appeals court in April declared the award "wholly inadequate," saying the emotional harm Dingus suffered was "egregious" and obvious. Dingus previously won a separate civil service hearing awarding him back pay and benefits. He took early retirement. A federal judge has ordered Tennessee to pay USD 100,000 in damages to a Muslim state trooper fired after a military liaison falsely accused him of terrorist sympathies.

The Knoxville Sentinel reports US Tena Campbell issued the order this week. Last year, Campbell ruled the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security discriminated against De'Ossie Dingus because of his religion.

Campbell initially awarded Dingus a symbolic USD 1 in damages, chiefly because Dingus didn't seek counseling or other psychological treatment. To receive damages, a plaintiff must show discrimination caused emotional distress.

Then a federal appeals in April declared the award "wholly inadequate," saying the emotional harm Dingus suffered was "egregious" and obvious.

Dingus previously won a separate civil service hearing awarding him back pay and benefits. He took early retirement.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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