A professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago is suing the university for discrimination following years of unfair treatment, including being forced to teach statistics despite not being qualified.
Seung-Whan Choi, who is an international relations professor from Korea according to The Chicago Tribune, was removed from his tenured position at the university in 2011, rehired months later but claims he dealt with years of discrimination and connected to his race.
“Asians, especially Koreans are very good at mathematics and statistics,” Choi claims he was told by a department official as reasoning why he should teach statistics, despite being completely unqualified for it. The same assumption was also made when he was forced to teach a class in Korean politics.
Choi has also been skipped over for a promotion to becoming a full professor and has confronted university officials in the past, resulting in being told “…many Koreans are stubborn and do not understand American culture of compromise when dealing with their boss.”
“They don’t like Korean-Americans,” Choi told the Tribune. “I’m supposed to be very submissive to the department head, who is white-American.”
Choi filed his lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Chicago on Tuesday. His attorney, Uche Asonye, says Choi hasn’t yet determined how much he’ll be seeking in damages.
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