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College to Pay $12.6 Million in Sex Discrimination Suit

Former chemistry professor Leslie Crane was awarded $12.6 million in a sex discrimination case filed against Hartford’s Trinity College.

Fifty-five-year-old Leslie Craine alleged that, despite the unanimous recommendation of her department and five successful years of teaching at the college, she was denied tenure because of her age and sex.

The jury rejected her claim of age discrimination but believed her claims of sex discrimination and breach of contract.

The settlement includes $671,304 in lost and future wages, $2 million for sex discrimination, $4 million for emotional distress and $6 million in punitive damages.

A lawyer for the college said that the school will appeal the decision, and noted that women make up 1/3 of Hartford Trinity’s tenured professors, and almost half of its total faculty.

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Washington Post - January 20, 1999

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