The Latest: University says suit settled to heal community

Thursday , May 17, 2018 - 12:10 PM

DENVER (AP) — The Latest on the settlement of an equal pay lawsuit against a Colorado law school (all times local):

2:40 p.m.

A Colorado law school targeted in an equal pay lawsuit says it was confident in its legal position but settled the case to “heal our community.”

A federal judge on Thursday indicated support for the $2.6 million proposed settlement in a lawsuit against the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 2016 filed the suit, which seven female law professors joined.

The university says in a statement that the settlement will not affect student scholarships, financial aid or operations. The statement says the university is committed to fair, equitable and merit-based pay.

According to the agreement, the financial payment is intended as back pay for the professors and to cover lawyers’ costs.

The school also agreed to increase the salaries of all seven women.

12:30 p.m.

A judge has indicated support for a $2.6 million settlement in a lawsuit against a Colorado law school. It was filed on behalf of seven female law professors paid less than male colleagues.

Colorado District Court Judge Wiley Daniel requested some technical changes during a hearing on Thursday. Daniel congratulated attorneys for the University of Denver, the professors and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for reaching an agreement.

The terms include mandatory pay increases for the seven women and the school must hire an outside consultant to review faculty pay for at least six years. The agreement also requires creation of a password-protected site listing faculty salaries, position, date of hire and demographics. Names won’t be included.

The lawsuit said the mean salary of female law professors was nearly $20,000 lower than male professors in 2013.

9:43 a.m.

The University of Denver has agreed to a $2.6 million settlement in a lawsuit filed on behalf of female law professors who say they were illegally paid less than male colleagues.

A federal judge is scheduled to consider the agreement Thursday.

Court documents filed in April show the university, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the professors have agreed to the terms.

According to the lawsuit, the mean salary of female professors at the Sturm College of Law was nearly $20,000 lower than male professors in 2013.

The agreement requires the school to create a password-protected site listing faculty salaries, position, date of hire and demographics. Names will not be included.

The school also must require employee training on discrimination and hire an economist to study faculty pay each year.

This story has been corrected to say that the judge indicated support for the settlement agreement but has not formally approved it.

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