"The basic terms are about as unambiguous as they could possibly be"
August 7, 2015 9:26 AM Subscribe
The U.S. District Court in Chicago has ruled that the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign had hired Steven Salaiita last year prior to a series tweets the scholar and author published prompted by the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict even though he had not begun teaching classes or received approval from the University's board of trustees.. Amid charges that the tweets were anti-Semitic, chancellor Phyllis Wise cancelled the classes Salaita was scheduled to begin teaching and rescinded his offer of employment. In language sharply critical of the University's action the Court cleared the way for a suit alleging breach of contract and violation of Salaita's First Amendment Rights. In the wake of the decision, the Wise has resigned and one observer of the case has speculated that the University will re-instate Salaita to avoid a judgement "for which the damages could easily amount to compensation for his entire career, i.e., 35 years of salary and benefits, plus additional damages for the constitutional claims."
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