$125,000 Settlement for Professor in Religious Discrimination Suit

January 18, 2011

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports this afternoon that the University of Kentucky (UK) will pay $125,000 to astronomy professor C. Martin Gaskell and his attorneys to settle a lawsuit alleging religious discrimination. The Herald-Leader writes that "Gaskell claimed that he was passed over for the [directorship of] UK’s MacAdam Student Observatory three years ago because of his religion and statements that were perceived to be critical of evolution." An earlier motion by UK to dismiss the suit was denied, and the case was scheduled to begin trial on February 8.