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College instructor gets job back, plus $550,000, after complaining about anti-Semitism

By Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
August 12, 2011

A former history instructor at Madison Area Technical College plans to return to his job, now that a federal judge has ordered his reinstatement, along with more than $550,000. Michael Dubin had sued MATC after it fired him 2009, claiming his termination was retaliation for his complaints about anti-Semitic discrimination at the college.

A federal jury in May agreed and awarded him more than $1.1 million, and this week, a judge signed off on the judgment, granting $255,000 in back wages, plus interest, and $300,000 for emotional and reputational injuries. In addition, U.S. District Judge William Conley ordered Dubin reinstated, and his personnel file purged of any reference to the nonrenewal of his probationary contract in 2009.

"Despite his disagreement with certain individuals at MATC whose activities he perceived to be illegal, Dr. Dubin's enthusiasm and respect for the College, its unique mission and its wonderful student body has been unflagging. It is gratifying to get him back to work in the job for which he is so well suited," said Randall Gold, one of Dubin's attorneys, in a prepared statement.

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