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U. of Colorado Pays $40,000 to Settle Gender-Bias Case

The University of Colorado at Boulder paid a former staff member $40,000 to settle a federal gender-discrimination complaint three years ago, The Daily Camera reports.

The staff member, Robin Miglarese, a former associate director of operations in executive education for the university’s Leeds School of Business, filed the complaint in 2013, and the newspaper recently learned of the settlement through documents provided by the university.

Also under the settlement, the Leeds School’s dean, David L. Ikenberry, and other administrators will receive coaching on “emotional intelligence,” according to The Daily Camera.

In her complaint, Ms. Miglarese said she had resigned from the university because Mr. Ikenberry and Al Smith, an associate business dean, discriminated against her for being a woman over the age of 40, and created a hostile work environment.

She also said Mr. Smith had systematically sought to remove women from leadership positions.

Two other women have filed gender-discrimination complaints against Mr. Ikenberry, who was reappointed this summer to a second five-year term.

The university has struggled with sexual harassment in its philosophy department, where an outside review found the program was rife with “inappropriate, sexualized unprofessional behavior.”

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