Paul L. Caron

Friday, May 18, 2018

Seven Female Denver Law Profs To Receive $2.7m In EEOC Settlement Of Equal Pay Claim

Denver Logo (2015)Following up on my previous posts (links below):  Press Statement of Prof. Lucy Marsh, EEOC Equal Pay Case Against University of Denver Law School Settles For $2,660,000 and Sweeping Reforms:

In early 2013 Prof. Lucy Marsh discovered she was the lowest paid, though second most senior full professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. She asked law dean Martin Katz what he was going to do about pay discrimination against women at the school. “Nothing,” was his answer. So she decided to do something about it herself.

After five years of investigations, attempts at resolution, passionate support from students, alumni, and the legal community, unjustified attacks by the D.U. administration, multiple depositions, and three months of mediation, something big is happening, with wide-ranging implications for equal pay for women throughout the country. ...

As set forth in the Consent Decree, D.U. will pay Marsh and six female colleagues $ 2.66 million for back pay, compensatory damages, and attorneys’ fees. The law school will also significantly increase the compensation of all seven going forward with the goal of pay equity between male and female
professors at the law school.

Beyond the monetary payment, the Consent Decree contains significant provisions that will govern DU’s future behavior. For the first time there will be an end to pay secrecy for faculty at the law school. The school must submit to five years of outside oversight by an external monitor, provide compensation data and criteria, obtain annual pay equity studies from an outside labor economist, and meet a number of other training and recordkeeping and reporting duties. By the Decree, DU is permanently prohibited from sex discrimination affecting compensation at the law school.

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