Texas Tech loses fired deaf prof's bias suit

May 27, 2011 5:31:55 AM PDT
A Lubbock County jury has awarded more than $500,000 to a former assistant professor who sued Texas Tech University over his dismissal, alleging discrimination because he's deaf. Michael Collier was a tenure-track assistant professor who taught American Sign Language and other courses related to deaf culture until his abrupt dismissal in October 2006. Collier alleged the university dismissed him without warning or explanation in violation of its own policies.

Jurors sided with his contention that his dismissal was directly linked to his disability.

Tech spokesman Chris Cook told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal that the university did not think the verdict was supported by the