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The University of Denver will pay $ 2.7M to resolve the demand for wage inequality

The University of Denver agreed to pay $ 2.66 million to resolve a demand for pay inequality presented by seven teachers in their Sturm College of Law.

Teachers will also receive salary increases this year as part of the terms of the agreement. DU also agreed to take steps to eliminate the gender pay gap at Sturm, according to a press release from attorneys Charlotte Sweeney and Joan Bechtold, who represent six of the professors.

"This is an important victory for teachers in any university setting," Sweeney said. "That a faculty of law has allowed to perpetuate this level of salary disparity between men and women for decades is shocking."

The lawsuit was initiated in 2013 by Professor Lucy Marsh, who complained to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging that Sturm paid less than one man in a similar job and did not correct the inequity when he had the opportunity.


Her presentation stated that she was the lowest paid teacher, earning $ 109,000 per year, compared to the average salary of $ 149,000. She started teaching DU in 1973 and became a full professor in 1982 and had never asked for a raise.

In the spring of 2012, after the law school announced that DU had allocated money for faculty increases, Professor Ann Scales expressed concern about gender parity and asked that the additional money be used to remedy the inequalities.

There were increases, but they widened the gap, leaving full-time teachers earning an average salary of $ 15,859 less than male teachers.

Marsh took office after Scales, a founder of the field of feminist legal theory, died in June 2012. The EEOC in 2015 sued DU based on its investigation of Marsh's claim.

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