Paul L. Caron

Friday, November 10, 2023

Tax Prof Philip Postlewaite Sues Northwestern, Claims $289,000 Salary Is The Result Of Age Discrimination

Law360, Tax Law Prof Says Northwestern Paid Him Less Due To Age:

Northwestern (2018)A law school professor hit Northwestern University with an age discrimination suit in Illinois federal court, claiming the institution began giving him smaller raises than his less-experienced colleagues after he declined to retire early.

Philip F. Postlewaite said Tuesday that Northwestern ran afoul of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Illinois Human Rights Act when it handed him smaller salary increases year after year compared to his junior colleagues at Northwestern's Pritzker School of Law. The diminished pay hikes were handed down after he refused to take an early retirement package, according to Postlewaite.

"This has resulted in him earning less in base salary than several substantially younger, far less experienced counterparts," the complaint said.

From the complaint:

According to the median base salary information that Defendant published for the 2022-23 academic year, Plaintiff’s base salary was $7,000 below the 50th percentile listed as $289,224 and $55,000 below the 75th percentile listed as $337,256. However, in terms of years of teaching in legal academia for the same group, the 50th percentile is twenty years and the 75th percentile is thirty-two years. Plaintiff has forty-nine years of legal academic teaching experience, forty-two of which have been with Defendant.

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