A UCLA professor suspended in a row over grades for Black students claims it was to distract from the business school that's 'inhospitable' to people of color

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A UCLA professor was suspended last year after refusing to forgive black students in BLM protests.
Klein responded sarcastically to the request, and students moved to get him fired.
Gordon Klein has now sued the school, claiming his suspension was a "timely" publicity stunt.
A UCLA professor has filed a lawsuit against the school after he was temporarily suspended last year for his refusal to mark black students more leniently in nationwide protests against Black Lives Matter.
Gordon Klein, a lecturer in accounting at UCLA Anderson School of Management, wrote in a blog post that his suspension was "an appropriate time" to detract from the school's reputation as an "inhospitable place for people of color."
UCLA Anderson School of Management is a prestigious business school that recently took 15th place in a global MBA ranking, Insider reported.
In the blog post, Klein said that in June last year, a non-black student wrote to him asking him to grade his black students with a "No Harm" guideline, meaning that scores should only be counted when when they improve a student's degree.
The student then referred to recent events, including the assassinations of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd and the COVID-19 pandemic, which they said had disproportionately affected the black community.
"As we near graduation week, we realize that these conditions unfairly disadvantage black students because of traumatic circumstances beyond their control," the student said.
Klein said he believed the email was "deeply condescending and offensive" to black students, and he penned a sarcastic response.
He said, “Are there any students who may be of mixed race, such as half black, half Asian? What do you suggest I do about her? A full concession or just half? Do you have any ideas, if any? Minneapolis students? I assume they are probably particularly devastated too. "
After the email exchange, students condemned his "unfortunately racist" response and launched a petition to get him fired, which received over 20,000 signatures in two days.
"The woke up mob meets a college teacher who is resisting"
The dean of UCLA's business school opened an investigation into the incident and briefly suspended Klein before hiring him three weeks later.
But Klein was not appeased, and on September 27, Klein filed a lawsuit against Dean Antonio Bernardo and UCLA in the Los Angeles Superior Court for breach of contract, defamation, political bias, labor law violations, invasion of privacy and meddling in his consulting business.
In the blog post "Why I am Suing UCLA", Klein rejected the racism allegations and criticized the school's handling of the situation.
"My concern from the start was that all students, regardless of their skin color, should be treated equally," said Klein.
Klein alleged that UCLA used the incident to distract from the school's reputation for not being very diverse.
He said Anderson hadn't granted tenure to a black professor in decades, and black students made up about two percent of the student body.
In the blog post, Klein said the incident resulted in him receiving death threats and anti-Semitic abuse.
He added that the incident caused him a loss of $ 500,000 in income from consulting law firms and other companies, which dropped him after the saga.
"No employee should ever duck for fear of his employer's power to silence legitimate views, and no society should tolerate government-sponsored autocrats breaking constitutional mandates," he said.
An October 8th opinion column for the Washington Post, written by George F. Will, headlined, "The Awakened Mob Meets a College Teacher Who Is Struggling."
A UCLA spokesman told Insider, "We are not commenting on any personnel disputes, but we look forward to the litigation fully clarifying the facts."
Insider also contacted Klein for a comment.
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