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The University of Missouri at Kansas City settled for $360,000 with a professor who said he was retaliated against for reporting another professor for using foreign students as servants, The Kansas City Star reported. Mridul Mukherji, an associate professor of pharmacy, sued the university in 2016 and 2018, alleging employment discrimination and work harassment following his internal complaints. 

Mukherji eventually told Star reporters that his boss, Ashim Mitra, made students from India do unpaid labor for him, including at his home. Mitra was later suspended. He denied abusing or threatening gradate students but resigned in the face of additional allegations that he stole a student’s research and sold it to a pharmaceutical company. The university terminated another pharmacy professor, Anil Kumar, last week following a review by a faculty committee, according to the Star. Kumar could not immediately be reached for comment. The campus said only that he was dismissed for cause.