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NYU Hit With Big Lawsuit

via Eyewitness News ABC7NY

Dr. Benjamin Neel, former director of NYU Langone’s Perlmutter Cancer Center, has sued the university for wrongful termination, alleging he was fired for social media posts related to the Israel-Gaza War.

Neel claims he was dismissed without due process and is seeking damages, stating that the university’s actions were an attempt to appear impartial.

The lawsuit also alleges religious discrimination and violation of the employee agreement.

“Dr. Neel was offered up as sacrificial lamb so that NYULH could feign impartiality in its effort to curb political and religious expression,” the lawsuit read.

“It is a travesty that after a stellar career fighting the battle against cancer, a long-tenured and world-renowned research scientist can be unceremoniously duped,” attorney Milton Williams said.

“We believe Dr. Neel is the first person to lose their job and have their reputations besmirched for re-posting content on his private social media account that challenged those individuals who are seemingly celebrating the death of innocent people in Israel,” Williams added.

NYU Langone has defended its decision, citing violations of the center’s Social Media Policy and Code of Conduct.

“As an institution dedicated to healing, NYU Langone remains committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment, free of discrimination, for all of our employees and patients,” spokesman Steve Ritea said.

“NYU Langone stands by our decision and looks forward to defending it in court.”

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