Paul L. Caron

Monday, October 12, 2020

Multiple Equal Pay Lawsuits By Female Law Professors Shine Light On Faculty Compensation; Unbridled Decanal Discretion Breeds 'Institutional Misogyny'

ABA Journal, Recent Equal Pay Lawsuits by Female Law Professors Has Shined a Light on Academic Compensation Process:

At least five equal pay lawsuits have been filed by female law professors since 2016; the actions involve four schools. One of those schools has been sued more than once, and three of the lawsuits remain open.

Although law schools may rely on several factors in determining compensation, in actuality, law school deans often have significant discretion in deciding what to pay professors, and their unchecked decisions can be tainted by gender bias, according to lawyers interviewed by the ABA Journal. Salaries, raises and appointments should be based on teaching, service and scholarship. But dean evaluations in those areas can be biased as well, some say, with men getting better appointments and more respect for their research and writing, with little regard for the work’s quality and importance. ...

‘Institutional misogyny’
[An attorney for one of the female professors] says pay discrimination against women is just as much of a problem in the law schools as it is in the private sector.

“It may be a bit worse because of instances of institutional misogyny. Any place you have a large contingency of older white men, you’re going to have a pay gap,” he adds.

In all of the Equal Pay Act lawsuits, plaintiffs say they were treated worse by the schools after suing.

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"The ability and willingness of leftists to redefine language never fails to intrigue me..."

MM: I wonder if you're equally intrigued by the ability and willingness of the right to redefine language, e.g., Kellyanne Conway's "alternative facts".

Posted by: Gerald Scorse | Oct 15, 2020 8:26:16 AM

They change language because they can, and do, get away with it. Hell, they've even managed to change certain medical diagnoses in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. They are infiltrating and infecting every facet of American life. The only solution to this problem is a civil war or world war, wherein the weak perish.

Posted by: Anon | Oct 14, 2020 9:23:21 PM

"Institutional misogyny"

The ability and willingness of leftists to redefine language never fails to intrigue me. It made me go back and read Orwell's "Politics and the English Language", which tells you exactly where these people are coming from.

And the gender pay disparity is not predominantly or exclusively due to sexism, or worse, misogyny, by any reasonable definition. That claim has been debunked for years, by actual scientific analysis controlling for key variables.

It's a but like saying that because men make up 90% of felons, the criminal justice system is institutionally misandist and sexist against men.

Posted by: MM Classic | Oct 12, 2020 1:46:43 PM