The Liar, The Witch, and the KKK’s Wardrobe

20 11 2009

Sarah Palin’s presidential-ambition-blessing pastor was a real, literal witch-hunter and witch-persecutor.

No joke.

Now comes another no-joke witch story, one I saw earlier today in the Chronicle of Higher Education weekly round-up by Don Troop, under the irresistible and accurately newsworthy headline, “The Liar, the Witch and the KKK’s Ridiculous Wardrobe.” 😉

(Just ask if you want to know more about the Liar and the Wardrobe*.)

A woman who sued the University of Nebraska saying the school fired her after learning she is a witch has agreed to settle the case for $40,000.

The university made the offer “solely to compromise the claim … without admitting the validity of plaintiff’s contention or any allegations of wrongdoing by the defendants. . .”

Jane Doe said she took a job with the university in 2007 directing a youth program. But an associate dean terminated her, despite her satisfactory performance at work, after learning she was a witch and her religion was “Reclaiming Tradition of Witchcraft,” the woman alleged.

Jane Doe — believing UNL had violated her right to free speech and expression and exercise of religion — filed a complaint with the Nebraska Equal Opportunity Commission. She said the NEOC found reasonable cause to believe religious discrimination had taken place.
That led to the lawsuit, first filed in Lancaster County District Court and later transferred to U.S. District Court. In it, she sought the reinstatement of her job, lost wages and benefits, and punitive damages.

*Oh, all right, I know you want to know!
See The Liar and The Wardrobe for the rest of the stories ripped from the headline. . .

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3 responses

21 11 2009
COD

$40K doesn’t seem like much of a settlement for somebody that was fired because of their religion. I suspect there is more to the story, and it’s not favorable to Jane Doe.

21 11 2009
JJ

Maybe it wasn’t much of a salary (academe you know) and she hadn’t been there long, just since 2007. So she wouldn’t have much in the way of actual monetary damages to demonstrate in court if they’d gone forward. That’s a weak hand to play out in settlement talks.

Also it was directing a “youth program” so I’m guessing any staff person and especially the director, would be vulnerable to personal-life criticisms that a court might weigh more heavily than usual, as protecting the dear children from even the hint of exposure to anything parents might worry about?

21 11 2009
JJ

Never mind witches, what do you think about the Ole Miss pointy hats?

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