News Briefs, the Week of May 18, 2017

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Magerman Sues Former Employer, Claims He Was Fired for Criticizing Trump

Kohelet Foundation Founder and President David Magerman sued hedge fund mogul Robert Mercer in federal court on May 5, contending his April 29 firing was prompted by him calling Mercer racist and criticizing him for supporting President Trump, Bloomberg reported.

Magerman had worked at Renaissance Technologies LLC for about 20 years, but cracks developed in the relationship in recent months. One of the allegations made in the suit is that Mercer’s daughter, Rebekah Mercer — who is on Trump’s transition team — “called him ‘pond scum’ at a celebrity poker tournament” last month, Bloomberg reported.

The complaint alleges that the dispute started on Jan. 16 when Magerman spoke to Robert Mercer and spoke about his support for Trump. During the conversation, Mercer said the Civil Rights Act’s passage in the 1960s set the country going in the wrong direction.

And during another call on Feb. 5, according to the complaint, Mercer said “I hear you’re going around saying I’m a white supremacist” and dismissed the idea that segregation was problematic.

Magerman is seeking $150,000 in damages, along with other damages and costs, according to Vanity Fair.

Mount Holly, N.J., Teacher to be Honored by N.J. Holocaust Education Commission

Casey Crass, a math teacher at Westampton Middle School in Mount Holly, N.J., will be honored May 25 in Whippany, N.J., by the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education.

Crass will receive the Jack Zaifman Humanitarian Award, which was named after a Holocaust survivor. The award is given to an educator “who has demonstrated outstanding efforts in teaching the Holocaust and genocide in their classroom, as well as issues of bias, prejudice, bigotry and bullying.”

Attorney Appointed Honorary Consul to Sri Lanka

Philadelphia-based attorney David B. Sherman of Solomon, Sherman & Gabay was appointed Honorary Consul to Sri Lanka.

In the position, he will focus on the connection and growth of commercial, political and cultural ties between Sri Lanka and the Delaware Valley.