Shawnee State to pay professor $400,000 in settlement over student’s preferred pronouns

Nicholas Meriwether sued the university for what he said was a violation of his constitutional rights.

Shawnee State University will pay a professor $400,000 in damages and attorney’s fees to settle a lawsuit over not using a student’s preferred pronoun.

In 2018, Shawnee State philosophy professor Nicholas Meriwether called a transgender student “sir” during a lecture when she raised her hand, which sparked an investigation by school officials who found that Meriwether had created a “hostile environment.”

He was given a written warning that he could be fired or suspended without pay for violating the university’s nondiscrimination policy.

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