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Professor Files Sex Bias Lawsuit Against U of O For Pay Discrimination

University of Oregon

University of Oregon Psychology Professor Jennifer Freyd Tuesday filed a sex bias lawsuitagainst the U of O for pay discrimination.

Freyd is a full professor who’s been at the University for 25 years. She has a national reputation for her work in the psychology of trauma and on behalf of sexual assault survivors. Freyd’s lawsuit alleges that over the years she’s received considerably lower pay than her male colleagues. Attorney Jennifer Middleton represents professor Freyd in the lawsuit.
Middleton: “According to her own department studies, she’s paid $50-thousand a year less than her comparable male colleagues. So, this seems like a clear instance of sex discrimination in pay and we’re seeking pay equity for her.”
The lawsuit seeks back-pay and damages of a yet undetermined amount. Middleton says the Psychology Department has found that on average female professors are paid $25-30 thousand less than their male peers. She says Freyd tried for years to get the department to rectify the situation.

A University of Oregon spokesman says they are reviewing the allegations in the lawsuit.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s host for All Things Considered on weekday afternoons. She also is the editor of the KLCC Extra, the daily digital newspaper. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000.
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