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One of the nation’s most prestigious universities has agreed to pay nearly $1 million in back pay to female professors following allegations of pay discrimination.
The Ivy League university will pay $925,000 in back pay and at least $250,000 in future wages, as part of an agreement announced by the U.S. Department of Labor.
The agreement resolves pay disparities uncovered by a multi-year investigation that affected more than 100 female full professors, the Labor Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs said.
The federal government’s investigation found between 2012 and 2014, pay disparities at the university “existed for 106 female employees in the full professor position,” the Labor Department said.
If confirmed, those findings would appear to violate federal equal opportunity laws.
The New Jersey-based university entered what is known as an “early resolution conciliation agreement.” A university spokesperson said in an e-mailed statement to NPR that it accepted the agreement to forgo what would likely be a costly and drawn out litigation process.
Princeton did not admit any liability in the investigation, Ben Chang, a spokesperson from Princeton, said in an emailed statement. He said that university officials did an internal analysis during the two year period the Labor Department says it was in violation, but found “no meaningful pay disparities based