Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Northwestern Law School, 78-Year-Old Tax Professor Settle Age Discrimination Lawsuit

Following up on my previous post, Tax Prof Philip Postlewaite Sues Northwestern, Claims $289,000 Salary Is The Result Of Age Discrimination:  Bloomberg Law, Northwestern, 78-Year-Old Law Professor Will Settle Bias Suit:

Northwestern (2018)A 78-year-old tenured law professor and Northwestern University have agreed to resolve his lawsuit accusing the school of unfairly compensating him compared to his younger counterparts, according to a docket entry in the case.

  • Philip Postlewaite alleged Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law awarded him a lower base salary increase than “his substantially younger, less tenured and less experienced counterparts,” despite Postlewaite leading the lucrative LLM tax program, according to the complaint filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
  •  Postlewaite—who had been teaching at the law school for 42 years—asserted his 2022-2023 academic year base salary was $7,000 less than the 50th percentile and $55,000 below the 75th percentile—despite those percentiles equating to 20 and 32 years, respectively, of teaching in the school’s median base salary information for legal academia.

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