We’ve been scooped again by our friends at the National Center for Science Education (NCSE). They report: Settlement in the Gaskell case.
We posted twice before about this case: Creationist Astronomer Sues Univ. of Kentucky and also Discovery Institute Discovers Martin Gaskell . Gaskell didn’t get an astronomy position at the University of Kentucky and he sued them, alleging that what the university thought were his creationist beliefs resulted in unlawful religious discrimination against him.
Here are some excerpts from NCSE’s article, with bold font added by us:
A settlement was reached in C. Martin Gaskell v. University of Kentucky, and the parties are moving for a dismissal of the lawsuit.
It’s always good to see these things resolved without a trial. That’s not much fun for bloggers, but it’s good nevertheless. Let’s read on:
In the settlement, the University of Kentucky agreed to pay Gaskell and his attorneys $125,000; the parties are responsible for their own costs and attorney fees. The settlement provided (PDF, p. 3), “The parties agree that by entering into this Release and Settlement Agreement, the Defendant, University of Kentucky, is not admitting wrongdoing,” …
Here’s another link to the Release and Settlement Agreement. It’s a 6-page pdf file. The university pays $125K, everyone releases everyone else, and no one admits doing anything wrong.
Don’t read too much into that settlement. It’s true that the university pays, but it might have cost them that much in attorney’s fees to go through a trial even if they won the case. This way they end the matter swiftly. Also, they were remarkably clumsy in how they handled this affair, so it’s not an unjust result (in our humble opinion).
Is Gaskell a creationist? He’s said some odd things that aroused suspicion, but a friend of ours knows him and says he’s not a creationist. We have no idea, but everyone says he’s a fine astronomer. We wish him well in his new position at an observatory in Chile.
The National Center for Science Education has an archive of all the pleadings at their website, available here: C. Martin Gaskell v. University of Kentucky.
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