Court Allows Men to Appeal Pay Raises Given to Women

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has decided to reinstate a lawsuit brought by male professors at Virginia Commonwealth University who objected to giving women faculty members pay raises to eliminate disparities in salary. A pay equity study had shown women making far less money than their male counterparts of similar rank and experience. Off the 770 tenured or tenure-track professors in the study, 187 were women. Male full professors made an average of $66,740, while women of the same rank earned an average of $58, 990. After the release of the study, the university spent $440,000 to increase the salaries of women. The men’s objections to the pay raises will now be heard by a jury.


The New York Times, May 14, 1996

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