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Law prof files discrimination charge, alleges 'stark inequality' in pay for men and women


A law professor has filed a federal administrative complaint against the University of Denver, contending that she has been a victim of gender discrimination and is paid less than comparable male faculty.

Lucy Marsh alleges in her Tuesday complaint that the university’s Sturm College of Law pays full professors who are female less than their male colleagues and has resisted calls to address the alleged inequality, violating federal equal-pay law, reports the Denver Post.

“Professor Marsh believes that she and other female professors at the law school were discriminated against with respect to compensation because of their gender and were paid less than men performing substantially equal work under similar conditions in the same establishment,” says her filing with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

A spokeswoman for the law school declined to comment due to the pending litigation.

Marsh has taught at the law school since 1973 and has been a full professor since 1982. She teaches civil procedure and trusts and estates classes and is paid $109,000 a year.

Her filing contends this is the lowest salary paid to a law professor at the university and contends there is “stark inequality between the salaries of male and female full professors” at Sturm College of Law. A median salary for a full professor is $149,000, Marsh contends in her complaint.

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