Embattled Evergreen State College Professor Bret Weinstein has resigned from his teaching post after settling with the institution for $500,o00.
Bret Weinstein and his wife, Heather Heying, an anthropology professor, resigned from their faculty positions at Evergreen State College on Friday after they announced that they had settled with the college for $500,000 over the institution’s failure to “protect its employees from repeated provocative and corrosive verbal and written hostility based on race, as well as threats of physical violence.”
As a part of the agreement in the settlement, Evergreen State was afforded the right to claim that the activism event at the center of the controversy was “not discriminatory.”
“In making this agreement, the college admits no liability, and rejects the allegations made in the tort claim. The educational activities of Day of Absence/Day of Presence were not discriminatory. The college took reasonable and appropriate steps to engage with protesters during spring quarter, de-escalate conflict, and keep the campus safe,” according to an email statement.
Evergreen spokesman Zach Powers explained that the settlement was in the best interest of the college. “Years of expensive litigation would drain resources and distract from our mission to provide an outstanding education at reasonable cost to the veterans, first-generation college students, creative thinkers and future leaders who study at Evergreen,” he said.
The college will pay $450,000 to Weinstein and Heyer directly and $50,000 to the couple’s attorney.