Spring Arbor University in Michigan reached a financial settlement last month with fired transgender professor Julie Nemecek, who had filed a discrimination suit. “It was a difficult thing for me and for the university, but I think we both walked away happy,” Nemecek said. As part of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission mediation agreement, the amount of the settlement was not disclosed.
Officials at the university, affiliated with the Free Methodist Church, fired the 55-year-old adult-studies professor February 26, less than a month after her story went public in the Jackson (Michigan) Citizen Patriot. It has since been printed, broadcast and blogged worldwide.