Published: Sep 21, 2010 4:14 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 21, 2010 1:14 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A University of Florida professor fired over his comments about how Latin women dress says he plans to challenge his termination.

Timothy Taylor is a professor of food and resource economics at UF's Gainesville campus. He was sent a letter of termination Friday that said he "behaved inappropriately" toward female students for saying during a lesson about sexual harassment that Latin American women dress more provocatively than American women.

Taylor told the Gainesville Sun Monday that he will file a grievance to challenge the termination. He says he was making a point that cultural differences mean Latin American women are more provocative in their business attire than women in the U.S.

Taylor had been suspended twice for inappropriate interactions with female students, most recently in 2008.