75-year-old professor claims discrimination in suit against University of New Orleans

Michelle Massey Jan. 27, 2011, 5:00am

A University of New Orleans adjunct assistant professor has filed a racial discrimination lawsuit aafter he was not rehired due to budget cuts.

Raj Pandian filed suit against University of New Orleans through the Board of Supervisors on Jan. 23 in federal court in New Orleans.

The 75-year-old Asian Indian plaintiff states he was employed as an adjunct general chemistry professor from 1990 until August 2009.

According to the lawsuit, the university called him and stated that he would not be rehired because of budget cuts. However, Pandian states the university replaced him with a white male in his mid-40s.

Pandian is asking the court for full pay for the general chemistry course he taught, attorney fees and court costs.

Pandian is represented by Metairie attorney J. Courtney Wilson.

A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:11-cv-00146

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