About $4,500 of unclaimed funds in a lawsuit against Madison Area Technical College will stay with the college instead of going toward a national association of university professors, a Dane County judge ruled last week.
The money is a remnant of a settlement reached between the college and its part-time faculty members last December. Part-time teachers filed a class-action lawsuit against the college in September 2010 alleging the college underpaid members of the faculty.
MATC agreed to pay out $34,800 to 1,436 people who taught at the college from fall 2008 through summer 2011, mostly in amounts of less than $5. However, not everyone claimed the funds, leaving the $4,500 at the discretion of the court.
The part-time faculty argued that it should be donated to the American Association of University Professors.