The professor who made headlines earlier this year after he refused to leave his campus for being white just won a major battle against his employer.
Evergreen State College in Washington State announced in a faculty email Friday they recently settled a tort claim brought by professor Bret Weinstein and his wife, professor Heather Heying, for $500,000.
According to the College Fix, as part of the college’s agreement with the pair, they have resigned their positions as biology instructors at the school.
The email states: “They have resigned from their faculty positions at Evergreen, effective today. The college will pay them a total of $450,000 and contribute an additional $50,000 toward their attorney fees. In making this agreement, the college admits no liability, and rejects the allegations made in the tort claim.”
Why did they sue?
Weinstein and his wife sued the school in July seeking $3.85 million in damages, alleging the school “permitted, cultivated and perpetuated a racially hostile and retaliatory work environment” in wake of a campus-wide event dubbed “Day of Absence,” which sought to expel all white people from campus for one day so non-white students could have a safe space to talk about oppression. Weinstein refused to leave and was subjected to ridicule by students and his colleagues, his safety was even put in danger, and on one occasion, he was forced to hold class in a parking lot because students blocked the entrance to his classroom.
- The school “sent the unmistakable message that the school will tolerate (and even endorse) egregious violations (and even crimes) purportedly to advance racial social goals, diminishing the collegiate experience for all, and fostering a racially hostile work and retaliatory environment for faculty and staff.”
- “Through a series of decisions made at the highest levels, including to officially support a day of racial segregation, the college has refused to protect its employees from repeated provocative and corrosive verbal and written hostility based on race, as well as threats of physical violence.”
Students literally took over
Video from the school during the height of the protests showed students literally taking the school over, making demands and the college administration cowing to those demands, including agreeing to let protesting students not be penalized for failing to do homework assignments.