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Jury awards $1.1M to former Madison professor

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal jury has awarded $1.1 million to a former Madison community college professor who alleged he was retaliated against and terminated for complaining about discrimination.

The six-member jury decided Wednesday night in favor of Michael Dubin, who was a history teacher at Madison Area Technical College. His probationary teaching contract was not renewed in 2009, and he remains unemployed.

The jury awarded the 50-year-old former teacher $1 million for future career losses and $100,000 for emotional distress.

Dubin’s attorney, Randall Gold, said his client is “very pleased” with the verdict.

The trial was to determine whether one of the college’s former deans had retaliated against Dubin for complaints he made about discrimination and harassment by two former colleagues, in violation of federal law. The jury found that Dubin, who holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, had been retaliated against.

U.S. District Judge William Conley will calculate any back wages that Dubin believes he should receive because of the jury’s award.

Michael Huitink, an attorney for the college and its board, said the school, also known as Madison College, strongly disagrees with the jury’s verdict and is evaluating its legal options, including a possible appeal.

“The recommendation made by the former dean not to renew this professor was based in large part on complaints she received from students. Madison College will continue to support and protect its students and ensure them high-quality education,” Huitink said.

Dubin had taught at the school since 2000. Madison College, founded in 1912, has about 40,000 students in Madison and at four regional campuses.

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