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Princeton agrees to pay $1 million as back pay to women professors amid pay discrimination charges


After being involved in a review enquiry for nearly a decade following allegation of pay discrimination against women professors, the Princeton University has agreed to pay nearly $1 million as back pay to the affected individuals.

Princeton had been facing an enquiry by the US Department of Labour where it stands accused of having discriminated women professors by paying them less than their male counterparts.

While Princeton agreed to pay back pay, it said its stand remains unchanged that it was working strictly in accordance with the law. The university said its decision does not mean acceptance of guilt.

In a report, CNN said the Department of Labor’s had found that between 2012 and 2014, 106 women in full professor positions at Princeton University were paid less than their male counterparts.

“Though the findings were only preliminary, the university and the office reached an early resolution this month, with the school agreeing to pay $925,000 in back pay and at least $250,000 in future salary adjustments,” the report said.

Besides agreeing to foot this back pay, Princeton has also reportedly agreed to “conduct statistical analyses to determine further significant disparities against female professors, as well as pay equity training for its staff”.

As per the report, the review against Princeton University began almost a decade ago.

Ben Chang, a spokesman for the university, told CNN that after pausing the review in 2016, the Department of Labour reopened it in 2017 for “unexplained reasons”.

“With this agreement, Princeton has not admitted liability in the investigation and continues to assert that it complied with both the letter and the spirit of the law,” Chang was quoted as saying by CNN.

He added that Princeton had contested the allegation because it was “based on a flawed statistical model” that grouped all full professors together regardless of department.

Chang reportedly said that the university agreed to the resolution so as to avoid expensive and lengthy litigation.

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