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Princeton Paying Nearly a Million in Back Pay to Female Professors in Discrimination Settlement

Princeton Paying Nearly a Million in Back Pay to Female Professors in Discrimination Settlement

“With this agreement, Princeton has not admitted liability in the investigation”

Princeton is getting hit from every angle this year. First an investigation of alleged racism and now this.

CNN reports:

Princeton will pay nearly $1M in back pay to female professors in sweeping discrimination settlement

Following allegations of pay discrimination from the Department of Labor, Princeton University has agreed to pay close to $1 million in back pay to female professors.

The Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs found that between 2012 and 2014, 106 women in full professor positions at Princeton were paid less than their male counterparts. Though the findings were only preliminary, the university and the office reached an early resolution this month, with the school agreeing to pay $925,000 in back pay and at least $250,000 in future salary adjustments.

In addition to the money, the university has also agreed to conduct statistical analyses to determine further significant disparities against female professors, as well as pay equity training for its staff.

The Department of Labor began its review of Princeton nearly a decade ago, Ben Chang, a spokesman for the university, said in a statement. After pausing the review in 2016, they reopened it in 2017 for “unexplained reasons,” he said.

With this agreement, Princeton has not admitted liability in the investigation and “continues to assert that it complied with both the letter and the spirit of the law,” Chang said.

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Before the women get too excited, they may want to consider that the last 20 years will show a disparate trend in hiring and that a lot of them were hired over better qualified males in order to better balance the faculty diversity. I would go so far as to say that wile equal numbers were being trained, that hiring over that time period favored women 3 to 1. The imbalance that they were trying to correct came about because way fewer women were going after advanced degrees in the 50’s and 60’s and were likely being hired at a rate proportional to those being trained. Maybe Princeton will get sued a second time by conservative straight white males (I check no boxes) who were bypassed in hiring to favor diversity.

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