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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

DuVivier, Sterling (Associate Dean For Faculty Scholarship) Join Lawsuit Alleging Gender Discrimination In Faculty Salaries At Denver Law School

DenverFollowing up on my previous posts (links below):  Number of Women Law Profs Suing Univ. of Denver Rises to Six:

A pay discrimination lawsuit filed on behalf of women law professors against the University of Denver by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission continues to grow.

Two more tenured female law professors are seeking to intervene in the 2016 suit, which alleges that the law school systematically underpaid women on the faculty for years. So far, six women professors claim disparate pay against the law school

Professors Joyce Sterling and K.K. DuVivier last week asked a federal judge to join the suit. If allowed, there will be six plaintiffs named in the suit, which the EEOC filed on behalf of longtime professor Lucy Marsh and other female law professors they determined were underpaid after conducting a study of faculty compensation. The university is not opposing their motion to intervene.

Each of the named plaintiffs and proposed intervenors were identified by the EEOC as receiving lower compensation than similarly situated male colleagues, and all six still work at the law school. ...

The pay dispute began in 2013 when Marsh approached then-dean Martin Katz to discuss discrepancies in faculty compensation. A 2012 memo from Katz disclosed that the average salary for women professors was nearly $16,000 less than that of men. Marsh then learned that she was the lowest paid full law professor on the faculty, despite having taught at the law school since 1976. She earned $16,800 in her first year of teaching, according to court filings, and in 2016 earned a salary of nearly $116,000. ...

Marsh was the first to intervene in the suit, in January. Professors Nancy Ehrenreich , Kris McDaniel-Miccio and Catherine Smith joined the suit in June.

Sterling teaches legal ethics and is the associate dean of faculty development. She has taught at the law school since 1981. DuVivier has been on the faculty since 2000 and teaches energy law and civil procedure.

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I wonder, in the current political environment, when we will see the first litigation alleging discrimination against white males in academia

Posted by: mike livingston | Aug 24, 2017 4:17:25 AM

Again, look at their publications -- I get why they would be paid less. I notice the female professors at Denver who DO publish well have not joined this lawsuit. Hmm.

Posted by: AnonLawProf | Aug 24, 2017 6:01:30 AM

In response to Mr. Livingston: Probably as soon as there is data to substantiate a claim.

Posted by: scelestus | Aug 24, 2017 11:41:46 AM