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A federal judge has upheld a jury’s award of nearly $2 million to a pair of white former professors at predominantly black Cheyney University who said they were subjected to a campaign of harassment after they objected to racist hiring policies.

In his 84-page opinion in Gentner v. Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, U.S. District Judge Robert F. Kelly found that the jury had ample evidence to conclude that professors Fred Gentner and Robert Stevenson were retaliated against and forced out of their jobs after they insisted that candidates of all races — not just blacks — should be considered for faculty openings.

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