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Professor fired for satirical Nazi video allowed to file suit against university

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Published Oct 14, 2017, 6:40 pm IST
Updated Oct 14, 2017, 6:40 pm IST
The professor acknowledges he made the video but argues the university didn't follow policy by giving him a warning before firing him.
The professor acknowledges he made the video but argues the university didn't follow policy by giving him a warning before firing him. (Photo: Pixabay)
 The professor acknowledges he made the video but argues the university didn't follow policy by giving him a warning before firing him. (Photo: Pixabay)

A professor can proceed with his federal lawsuit against a Pennsylvania university that fired him after he posted a satirical video depicting its administrators as Nazis.

The Scranton Times-Tribune reports Frederick Fagal sued Marywood University in 2014 over his firing two years earlier.

 

The video spoofed a scene in the 2004 German film "Downfall." Court documents say Fagal added English subtitles depicting the university's president and other administrators as Nazis discussing rape plots.

Fagal acknowledges he made the video but argues the university didn't follow policy by giving him a warning before firing him. He seeks back pay and reinstatement.

Attorneys for the university and Fagal asked District Judge A. Richard Caputo to decide the case in their favor to avoid a trial.

The judge denied both motions this week, saying a jury should decide.

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