U. of Denver Law School Discriminates Against Female Professors, U.S. Panel Says

The University of Denver’s law school has been discriminating against female faculty members for more than four decades, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The Denver Post reports that the federal commission asserted in a letter to the university on Friday that the school has exhibited a gender gap in faculty pay since 1973, and discovered evidence of the gap in 2012 but didn’t do anything about it.

The commission’s investigation was prompted by a complaint filed more than two years ago by Lucy Marsh, a faculty member. “I think it’s wonderful,” she told the Post in response to the finding. “I am delighted that the EEOC has seen this as a big, systematic problem, and they are going after the big problem.”

The law school, in a statement, blamed Ms. Marsh’s poor job performance for her lower pay. “In this era of cost containment and assessment, we stand by our historical system of evaluation and merit pay,” the university’s chancellor, Rebecca S. Chopp, said in the statement.

Friday’s letter may prompt settlement talks between the university and the commission, or legal action.

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