The Missouri Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a professor who alleged she lost her job at a historically black public university in St. Louis because of discrimination.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the court issued the ruling Tuesday in the case of Shereen Kader. She had been awarded $2.5 million after a St. Louis jury agreed that her contract with Harris-Stowe State University wasn't renewed based on her ethnicity. Kader is a Caucasian of Egyptian origin and an Arab Muslim.
After her visa expired, she was denied a leave of absence during a 30-day grace period in which she could stay in the U.S but couldn't work. She sued in 2010. The court said Harris-Stowe couldn't have employed her legally at the time.