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Former Department Head Sues William Paterson Due to Demotion

Alhea Hylton-Linday alleges she was discriminated against by a university dean because of her race and religion.

A former department chairwoman at William Paterson University filed a lawsuit against the school in state court last month alleging she was demoted because of her race and personal beliefs, a printed report states.

Alhea Hylton-Lindsay of Paterson was removed from her post of chairwoman of the Department of Secondary and Middle School Education, a position she held for more than three years, in December 2012, NorthJersey.com reported Thursday.

The suit alleges that Dr. Candace Burns, dean of the College of Education, discriminated against Hylton-Lindsay because she is African American and a born-again Christian.

The suit states that Burns called police after Hylton-Lindsay reportedly prayed with Burns’ secretary after Burns allegedly yelled at her. Burns also allegedly was “clearly uncomfortable” with Hylton-Lindsay having her hair styled into an afro after she went swimming in the pool and asked her “what’s wrong with your hair?” the suit states.

She was removed from being department chair Dec. 18 for her insubordination and inappropriate and unprofessional communication with Dean Burns,” a letter from Edward Veil, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs states.

Flood Plain January 03, 2014 at 11:31 AM
Seems like the race card is being played again. Facts regarding her own inappropriate behavior would seem to be irrelevant to the departing dept. chair.
Bill January 03, 2014 at 12:07 PM
Seems it is a serious religious discrimination problem. There continues to be Christian bashing as the Christians turn the other cheek and do not protest as much as other religious groups. For example, had she been Islamic, there would be the proper respect for prayer, times and space. All religions need to be properly respected. Good for her!
Troy January 05, 2014 at 09:42 AM
Next time my boss asks me, 'what the heck is wrong with your hair" I'll make sure I sue my company. (I love when you only get to hear one side of the story...what a joke this woman seems)
Justice January 05, 2014 at 10:01 AM
Next time you get fired for praying and /or any expression of your religious beliefs, let's see what you decide to do?
Troy January 05, 2014 at 12:47 PM
Seems she was demoted to due other issues, which I am sure have some truth to it. And no, I would never get fired for praying since the workplace is a completely inappropriate venue for public prayer and she should have known better. And the hair comment is just another lame excuse to sue and make money. Ridiculous.

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