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Faculty Discrimination

Seattle, WA: (Jan-15-08) Heather Parkinson-Webb, a female faculty member, brought a lawsuit against Mars Hill Graduate School of Seattle, alleging that she faced harassment and discrimination at work. The suit claimed that Parkinson-Webb, who was also one of the seven founders of the Christian-based school, faced harassment when her contract was not renewed for the 2005-2006 school year. The contract issues stemmed after she filed for divorce from Kirk Webb, also a founding faculty member of the school.

The parties had reached a settlement, with the Mars Hill Graduate School agreeing to pay Parkinson-Webb $300,000, resolving allegations. Additionally, the court ordered the school to provide her with a letter expressing its sadness at her departure and regret that a great deal of misunderstanding surrounded her departure. The school is also required to continue to provide diversity and anti-discrimination training for all its employees for at least three more years. [SEATTLE POST INTELLIGENCER: FACULTY CONTRACT]


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Published on Jan-17-08


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