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An Illinois University Sued For Terminating Professor Who Spoke Out Against Antisemitism on Campus

A lawsuit has been filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois on behalf of Louis Yoelin against Elmhurst University and James Hile for damages related to racial and religious discrimination.

According to a release, Yoelin is a practicing member of the Jewish faith and an accomplished songwriter, producer, and composer.

Throughout Yoelin’s professional career, his music has been featured in over 100 television shows, films, and commercials, according to his attorneys.

During his eleven-year tenure at Elmhurst University, Yoelin was an Adjunct Professor of Music Theory and Composition. He received exemplary performance reviews from his superiors and was well-respected by his students.

The lawsuit filed by Yoelin claims that Elmhurst University and Music Department Chair James Hiles practiced employment discrimination based on antisemitism and infringed upon Yoelin’s rights protected by Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

“In the summer of 2023, he was wrongfully terminated from Elmhurst University as a result of his speaking out against antisemitic hate speech,” said Yoelin’s Attorneys Marc P. Trent and Daniel P. Nikolic.

“The evidence in the case we filed today is clear: Mr. Yoelin was targeted by Elmhurst University for his beliefs and his religion. Mr. Yoelin lost his job because of what he believed in, and such acts should not be tolerated,” said the attorneys.

This is yet another case of where the law and antisemitism meet on campus.