Wednesday, June 25, 2014

EEOC Update: $75,000 Settlement in Tenure Case


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The EEOC recently published an interesting news release about a settlement that the agency reached with Chapman University (San Diego)  with regard to a race discrimination claim filed by a professor that failed to receive tenure from the business  and economics school.  The school agreed to pay $75,000 and provide other affirmative relief.   From the press release:

"According to the consent decree settling the suit, aside from the monetary relief, Chapman agreed to designate an internal equal employment opportunity officer; train all [Chapman's George L. Argyros School of Business & Economics] employees on their rights and responsibilities on discrimination in the workplace; maintain a centralized system to track complaints by ASBE faculty members about denial of tenure and discrimination; revise its policies on discrimination and retaliation; and post a notice on the matter at ASBE. The EEOC will monitor compliance with the two-year consent decree."

It is very interesting to see the agency pursue these claims in the academic arena.

Joe Seiner

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