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Court upholds verdict against fired professor

Published On: Apr 09 2013 11:06:12 AM CDT   Updated On: Apr 09 2013 11:06:39 AM CDT

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MADISON, Wis. -

A Wisconsin appeals court has ruled against a chemistry professor who was let go from the Milwaukee School of Engineering because of his limited English skills.

MSOE hired Ezelagu Obasi as a part-time teacher in 2010, despite concerns that he had some problems communicating in English. During the third week of classes the department head received emailed complaints from a number of Obasi's students.

The school terminated Obasi's contract and he sued, alleging his contract was breached. A jury concluded the termination was justified, in part because the school's policies didn't offer part-time professors the same protections that full-time teachers get.

Obasi appealed the ruling. However, an appeals court on Tuesday affirmed the jury's verdict.

Obasi declined to comment to The Associated Press.

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