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Hearing set in lawsuit filed by fired university professor

A hearing has been set in the lawsuit brought by fired professor Daniel Browning against William Carey University, President Tommy King and the board of trustees.

The Hattiesburg American reports a hearing on the defendants’ motion to dismiss King and the board of trustees will be Dec. 16 in Forrest County Circuit Court.

Browning filed a complaint Sept. 8 against the defendants for breach of contract and intentional infliction of emotional harm over his April termination. Browning alleged he was given no reason for his firing in violation of the tenure provisions in the faculty handbook.

The defendants’ attorney filed motions and memorandum briefs saying King was not a party to Browning’s employment contract, only the university was, and King was merely acting as the university’s agent when he fired Browning.

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