Deaf Ex-Professor Wins Bias Suit Against Texas Tech

May 27, 2011

A state jury on Wednesday awarded more than $500,000 to a deaf former professor at Texas Tech University, agreeing that his disability played an illegal role in the university's refusal to renew his employment, The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reported. Texas Tech denied wrongdoing. Michael L. Collier, who had been on the tenure track teaching American Sign Language and courses about deaf culture, presented evidence that Texas Tech violated its own rules. The university states that it deals with any concerns about employees by talking with them informally first, so the concerns can be remedied. In his case, Collier said, he never was told of any concerns until the department chair told him his contract would not be renewed.

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