Friday, June 07, 2002

Arbitrator: No sex-based pay bias for UC faculty




By Kristina Goetz, kgoetz@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        While the University of Cincinnati drafts its response to the most recent gender discrimination lawsuit against the school, an arbitrator in a separate case has found no universitywide pay discrimination against female faculty.

        The 70-page denial ends a grievance brought by UC's chapter of the American Association of University Professors in October 2000 that sought a raise and back pay for affected female faculty.

        “It's just another example of vindication for the university,” said Mark Stepaniak, an attorney who represented UC in the arbitration case.

        “There have been other attempts to make this claim and they've all met with the same result.”

        Faculty union members say they will not be silent on the issue. The chapter's committee on the status of women will meet over the summer and hopes to have a strategy by fall.

        “An attempt to get the university to address gender inequity in pay has been going on for decades,” said John Brackett, AAUP chapter president.

        He said the committee will continue to gather salary data and won't rule out using an arbitrator again, though it would be for specific cases in single departments or colleges.

        It also may attempt to address what it calls gender discrimination through the faculty contract.

        The union is not involved in the lawsuit filed by Christina Kelton, a tenured associate professor on leave this year.

        Dr. Kelton filed a federal gender discrimination lawsuit last month against the school and seven faculty members in the economics department. She claims colleagues initiated a “campaign of harassment” in 2000 to discredit her candidacy for department head.

       



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