University pays professor in pronoun lawsuit settlement

Shawnee State University in southern Ohio has agreed to pay Philosophy Professor Nick Meriwether US$400,000 after disciplining him for not using a transgender student’s pronouns, writes Jonathan Franklin for NPR.

Meriwether sued the college in 2018 after he was disciplined for not using she/her pronouns to refer to a transgender woman, according to a news release from Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a legal organisation focusing on religious freedom and free speech cases.

In a January 2018 philosophy class, Meriwether responded to the student by using the phrase “Yes, sir”. Once the class ended, the student asked Meriwether to use she/her pronouns when addressing her, but Meriwether refused to do so, according to ADF. He argued that this spoke “contrary to his religious convictions and philosophical beliefs”.
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