The Legal Beat
Law School’s Unequal Pay Lawsuit Gets Bigger
Posted on Tuesday June 20, 2017
Last year, the EEOC sued the University of Denver Sturm College of Law over the unequal pay of its law professors. The suit was filed after three years of negotiations which were triggered by Professor Lucy Marsh’s revelation that after 35 years at the school, she was the lowest paid professor. In the EEOC’s original suit, they indicated the law school was underpaying at least eight other women professors who were “subject to a sex-based pay disparity,” and now three of the other women are acting on that.
Marsh joined the suit in January of this year, and now Professors Nancy Ehrenreich, Kris McDaniel-Miccio, and Catherine Smith have intervened in the EEOC’s lawsuit alleging that women professors are systemically paid less than their male counterparts, as Law.com reports:
“Despite their laudable performance in [teaching, scholarship and public service], plaintiff-intervenors were and continue to be paid less than the mean annual salary for male full law professors,” reads the complaint from the three new plaintiffs, filed June 16 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado.
The school has previously maintained that the nearly $20,000 average pay gap between its male professors and its female professors is because their salary matrix includes many performance-based factors, as well as seniority. As such, the new complaint contains an extensive recitation of the achievements of the named plaintiffs. It remains to be seen if that strategy will be successful.
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