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UNCW, professor settle lawsuit over promotion

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WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - The University of North Carolina at Wilmington has reached a settlement in a seven-year battle with a criminology professor who sued the school after he was denied a promotion.

The StarNews of Wilmington reports (http://bit.ly/1tO8209) Mike Adams will receive $50,000 in back pay and an annual salary of $75,000, which is a $9,000 raise.

UNCW spokeswoman Janine Iamunno said the school also agreed to pay $615,000 in attorneys' fees and costs and to withdraw its appeal of a March verdict in the case.

Adams said the university retaliated after his political and social views changed with his conversion from atheism to Christianity.

A federal jury in Greenville decided in Adams' favor and ordered UNCW to promote Adams to full professor with future pay and benefits dating back to 2007.

Information from: The StarNews, http://starnewsonline.com

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