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Former UNI Professor says he is a victim of discrimination

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A University of Northern Iowa music professor fired in 2009 after a man accused him of sexual abuse says he was treated unfairly because he is gay.

Bradley Barrett's lawsuit against the university is expected to go to trial next week.

Barrett claims the university discriminated him, and violated his union contract by firing him.

University officials argue firing him had nothing to do with his sexual orientation.

The case is receiving national attention because it pits the university's desire for safety against the tradition of giving accused faculty members the ability to defend themselves.

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