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Professor settles pregnancy discrimination lawsuit against university

Said school withdrew job offer after learning of her pregnancy

A professor who had brought a lawsuit against a university for pregnancy discrimination has settled that suit.

Evangeline Heiliger had previously filed suit against Wichita State University, claiming that the school “retracted an employment offer after she told them she was pregnant and asked about campus childcare options.” The suit sought $75,000 in damages.

The Wichita Eagle reports that, per court documents, Heiliger and the university “agreed to settle the lawsuit following a seven-hour mediation session in May.” The settlement was reportedly for $50,000.

“In exchange for the $50,000 payment, Heiliger agreed to voluntarily dismiss her lawsuit and never again apply for employment with WSU, according to a settlement agreement released by the university last week. The agreement also bars her from discussing or commenting on the settlement or her pregnancy discrimination claims,” the paper reports.

Heiliger teaches gender, sexuality and feminist studies. She had applied to teach at Wichita State’s Center for Women’s Studies.

On its website the school says: “Wichita State University does not discriminate in its employment practices, educational programs or activities on the basis of pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, or new parenthood.”

Read the report here.

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