Judge Grants Back Pay to U of Iowa Radiology Prof
A tenured professor of radiology at the University of Iowa who was suspended without pay for his disruptive behavior in the workplace will be reimbursed back wages and will continue to draw his $241,000 salary until a disciplinary hearing is convened. Sixth District U.S. Circuit Court Judge Patrick Grady ruled last week that Malik Juweid, 50, has a right to paid leave from January 2 until now, pending the result of a hearing from UI on his employment there, according to a report from ABC affiliate KCRG in Cedar Rapids, IA. Juweid has been barred from the University and from seeing patients at its facilities. The incident began in December 2010, when Juweid complained to the Iowa Civil Rights Commission (CRC) that his supervisor, UI radiology Professor Laurie Fajardo, made discriminatory remarks about him. Earlier that summer, Juweid had approached Fajardo for a raise. A month later, UI placed Juweid on paid administrative leave, alleging that he continued to enflame the issue with repeated, “unprofessional” e-mails to his colleagues. In May 2011, Juweid sued the university and several of its officials as well as the state Board of Regents, alleging that the leave amounted to retaliatory treatment for his initial complaint. By December 2011, UI had moved Juweid to unpaid medical leave pending the results of his complaint with the CRC.