MADISON, Wis. — A Madison Equal Opportunity Commission hearing examiner has found that CUNA fired a former top executive for complaining about his boss's racist and sexist comments. If upheld, the ruling could force CUNA to pay a substantial amount in back pay and damages.

Last week, Clifford Blackwell of the Madison Equal Opportunity Commission recommended that CUNA pay former Senior Vice President for Association Services Mike Miller $75,000 in damages, as well as back and front pay, benefits, and to reimburse his legal expenses.

CUNA fired Miller on Sept. 9, 2004 "because of his exercise of his right to oppose a discriminatory practice on the part of [CUNA Chief Operating Officer-Madison John] Franklin," Blackwell wrote.

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