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Texas Professor Wins Job Back After He Was Fired for Teaching Biology

February 20, 2024

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 For Immediate Release: 2.20.24
Contact: Peyton Drew,
Direct: 972-941-4453 

Texas Professor Wins Job Back After He Was Fired for Teaching Biology
Dr. Johnson Varkey returns to the classroom after First Liberty filed religious discrimination charge with EEOC.

 San Antonio, TXFirst Liberty Institute today announced that St. Philip’s College in San Antonio, Texas has reinstated Dr. Johnson Varkey, a former adjunct professor, a year after he was fired for teaching standard principles about human biology and reproduction. First Liberty Institute filed a charge of discrimination at the EEOC against St. Philip’s and the Alamo Community College District earlier this year. Several Members of Congress also weighed in and called for Dr. Varkey’s reinstatement.

“We are happy that the Alamo Community College District voluntarily reinstated Dr. Varkey,” said Kayla Toney, Associate Counsel for First Liberty Institute. “He is excited by this outcome, and we are glad that ACCD did the right thing. Dr. Varkey looks forward to continuing to educate students at ACCD.”

The parties reached a favorable settlement which, among other provisions, guarantees that Dr. Varkey will be back in the classroom by fall 2024.


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