Paul L. Caron

Friday, January 10, 2020

Denver Law School Settles Another Pay Discrimination Suit By Female Faculty

Following up on my previous posts (links below):  Karen Sloan (, University of Denver Law Settles Another Pay Discrimination Suit by Female Faculty:

GoelThe 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.

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“Multiculturalism, Race and the Law” lol

Posted by: Anon | Jan 10, 2020 4:39:05 AM

The problem with the Diversity Trap is that you often hire less-qualified people who aren't as well qualified as the rest of staff. But of course you give them swell reviews because 'diversity' ... and then when you don't promote them or pay them as you do for your more qualified staffers, you get sued. Not saying this is the case, necessarily, but I've seen it a lot. Where it really kills you is in the medical profession.

Posted by: Mnemos | Jan 11, 2020 11:29:52 AM

Mnemos makes an excellent point.

I strongly urge people not hire liberal minorities. If they’re deficient in any way (or brainwashed into activism), you will pay. Your company will get sued and along with the settlement you’ll likely get canned.

The same thing goes for white liberals of the feminist variety (irrespective of attractiveness).

I recommend only hiring conservatives. You’ll never get sued and they’re not brainwashed.

Posted by: Anon | Jan 11, 2020 12:18:38 PM

Looking at her CV, Professor Goel has only 8 law review or book chapter type publications over an 18-year career, which comes to less than 1 every 2 years. Many faculty members publish 2 or 3 per year.

Only one of Professor Goel’s publications was placed in a good journal (Wisconsin). She has 250 citations, but an h index of only around 4 or 5.

For someone 18 years into her career, she's not exactly lighting the world on fire.

Looking at a comparison to her colleagues on SSRN based on downloads and citations, she’s pretty close the bottom of the rankings.

It seems entirely possible that the reason she was paid less might be because (1) she wasn't as productive of a scholar as her colleagues (2) as a result she didn't get as many outside offers (3) she teaches subjects that have very little practical value to the practice of law in the United States.

That would not be discrimination.

Posted by: Merit vs. Discrimination | Jan 14, 2020 12:27:52 AM