May 21, 2024

Former editor reaches settlement

A former Iowa newspaper editor who said he was fired for expressing his religious beliefs on a personal blog has reached a settlement over a discrimination complaint.

Liberty Institute, a nonprofit legal group, said Monday that its client, Bob Eschliman, and Dixon, Illinois-based Shaw Media Inc. reached a confidential settlement over Eschliman’s termination in May 2014 from the Newton Daily News.

Eschliman was editor when he posted online that gay organizations are trying to reword the Bible “to make their sinful nature ‘right with God.’” Eschliman was fired and Shaw Media said in a column that the posting did not reflect the opinion of the newspaper or company.

Eschliman filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Iowa Civil Rights Commission. Both complaints were dismissed.