Based on the letter alone, it definitely seemed like this "whistleblower" was trying to shake down Smith College. Obviously we don't know the full story but it is kind of nuts that Bari Weiss credulously accepted and published her claims when the story always sounded fishy.
Workplace discrimination is wrong, and retaliation against employees who report discrimination is unacceptable. But rather than hire an attorney or report a claim to the MA civil rights commission or the EEOC, this person tried to negotiate a settlement? Then walked away from it?
Many victims of workplace discrimination do not file claims and that doesn't mean they aren't victims. But this person plainly has the resources to do so; it is puzzling that she instead demanded a payout from Smith wholly outside of state and federal civil rights enforcement ...

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