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Duke University has agreed to settle a racial discrimination lawsuit by paying $8,500 to a man who said he wasn't hired to teach in the University Writing Program because he is black.

Duke also agreed that, for the next two years, it will give the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission a list of program applicants and their race, copies of their applications and writing samples, a list of those hired and the reasons why.The pact settles an EEOC lawsuit filed last August against Duke on behalf of Maurice Taylor, who was turned down in March 1988 for a job to teach freshmen in the writing program. Taylor was a Duke law student at the time. His current address was unavailable.

The consent decree was signed last week by U.S. District Judge N. Carlton ``Woody' Tilley Jr.

To qualify for the $8,500, Taylor must waive all claims against Duke. He must also waive any claim to a staff post in the writing program.

Duke denied that it discriminated against Taylor and other black applicants for the program, as the EEOC had claimed.

In the decree, Duke said it will continue to comply with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits racial discrimination. University officials signed the agreement ``solely to avoid the burdens of further and protracted litigation,' it says.

Taylor had a doctorate in criminal justice and sociology, had taught at two colleges and had published about eight articles.

But when Taylor applied to teach in the program, he ranked about 20th among 45 applicants for nine positions, George Gopen, program director, said when the suit was filed. At the time, the job paid $2,500 for each class taught.


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