Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

4 Takeaways From Female Law Profs' Equal Pay Settlement

Denver Logo (2015)Law 360, 4 Takeaways From Female Law Profs' Equal Pay Settlement:

Last month, a Colorado federal judge approved a deal in which the University of Denver agreed to institute salary increases and pay $2.66 million to settle an equal pay lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of seven female professors. The EEOC took up the case after investigating a charge of sex discrimination in compensation made by Sturm College of Law professor Lucy Marsh. A 2012 letter from the law school had observed pay differences between male and female professors several years before the filing of the complaint. However, the law school did not take steps to address the gap, and further salary increases widened it. Marsh, the lowest-paid professor, then filed a charge with the EEOC.

The agreement’s terms include significant injunctive provisions in a six-year consent decree. Below are four key takeaways from the agreement:

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