Judge: Utah school district showed prejudice

Judge: Utah school district showed prejudice

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A judge for the Utah Labor Commission has ruled that school district officials in southern Utah engaged in racial profiling and prejudice when they rejected a man from India for a substitute teaching position shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Harshad Desai is a U.S. citizen and native of India. He moved to Panguitch in Garfield County in 1992.

Administrative Law Judge Cheryl D. Luke found that 58-year-old Desai was passed over in favor of applicants with no college education. Desai has master's degrees in chemistry and plastics engineering.

Luke ruled that the Garfield School District must pay Desai eight years of wages for money he might have earned between October 2001 and July 2009. She also ordered the district to add him to its roster of qualified substitute teachers.

Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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