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Prof Suing UO Over Pay Equity Gets Collegial Support

Courtesy of Jennifer Freyd

A psychology professor who has sued the University of Oregon over pay equity has gotten a boost of support from her colleagues.  A public petitionhas garnered more than 1,000 signatures.

Jennifer Freyd sued the UO more than 2 years ago for violating federal law by paying her less than her male colleagues in the Psychology Department. She says she tried to get the University to address the matter before she resorted to a lawsuit.

“This has been really painful for many years and I would like justice, and also a realization that this affects so many other people including my own graduate students and my own colleagues , both at University of Oregon and lots of other places too. So, you know I would like to see this fixed.”

A federal judge last May granted the University’s request to dismiss the case. Freyd has appealed to the 9th Circuit asking the court to grant a jury trial. She says she’s grateful for the support of her colleagues and other organizations. 

The University of Oregon had no comment on 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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