Friday, January 10, 2020
Following up on my previous posts (links below): Karen Sloan (Law.com), University of Denver Law Settles Another Pay Discrimination Suit by Female Faculty:
The University of Denver Sturm College of Law has agreed to increase the compensation of an associate professor who sued in June, claiming she was underpaid compared with her male and nonminority faculty colleagues, the professor’s lawyer said Thursday.
The university is boosting plaintiff Rashmi Goel’s annual pay; giving her an annual stipend for her work with the law school’s Rocky Mountain Collective on Race, Place & Law; compensating her for back pay and emotional distress; and paying her attorney fees, said Goel’s attorney, Charlotte Sweeney of the Denver firm Sweeney & Bechtold. ...
She alleged that she was the lowest paid of the school’s 12 associate professors, despite having been on the faculty since 2002, and earned more than $30,000 less than the average salary among that cohort. Ten of those professors are male or non-Asian. Goel, who is Asian, earns between $40,000 and $50,000 less annually than other associate professors with comparable experience, according to her complaint. ...
It’s the second time in under two years that the law school has agreed to increase pay for female faculty. It entered into a consent decree with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in May 2018, under which it paid $2.66 million to female law professors who for years were paid less than their male colleagues.
Prior TaxProf Blog coverage:
- Female Denver Law Prof Files EEOC Complaint Over Lowest Salary Among Tenured Professors ($109,000) ( (July 11, 2013)
- EEOC: Denver Law School Is Underpaying Female Faculty, Who May Recover $1.2 Million In Damages (Sept. 1, 2015)
- EEOC To Sue Denver Law School For Underpaying Female Faculty (Oct. 1, 2016)
- More On The EEOC's Lawsuit Against Denver Law School For Underpaying Female Faculty (Oct. 3, 2016)
- The Market Myth And Pay Disparity in Legal Academia: We Should Amend The Equal Pay Act To Prohibit Market Excuses For Pay Differentials (Oct. 26, 2016)
- Denver Law School Faces Federal Equal Pay Lawsuit From Eight Female Professors (May 15, 2017)
- Three More Female Law Profs Sue University Of Denver Over Pay Gap (June 20, 2017)
- DuVivier, Sterling (Associate Dean For Faculty Scholarship) Join Lawsuit Alleging Gender Discrimination In Faculty Salaries At Denver Law School (Aug. 23, 2017)
- Seven Female Denver Law Profs To Receive $2.7m In EEOC Settlement Of Equal Pay Claim (May 18, 2018)
- 4 Takeaways From Female Law Profs' Equal Pay Settlement (June 27, 2018)
- Denver Law School Pays Up Big-Time Over Gender Pay Disparity (Sept. 28, 2018)