Derek Fenton, the man who set the Koran — and the commentariat — aflame last September, has reclaimed his job at New Jersey Transit, the New York Daily News reports.
The 40-year-old father of two sparked a controversy last year when he burned the Muslim holy book near Ground Zero to protest the construction of an Islamic center near the site. New Jersey Transit quickly fired Fenton for his actions. Now, however, it will give the eleven-year employee back pay since his dismissal on Sept. 13, 2010, pension credits, and $25,000 for emotional distress.
“I feel relieved I have a job,” Fenton told the Daily News.
The state will also reimburse the American Civil Liberties Union, which filed suit on Fenton’s behalf and racked up $25,000 in legal fees.
Although Gov. Chris Christie (R.) supported Fenton’s firing, calling his behavior “unacceptable,” he hasn’t responded to the Daily News’s request for comment.