Sunday, May 27, 2007

UCLA Medical Center used secret fund to raise male salaries

An American Association University Women Legal Advocacy Fund-supported plaintiff has received the $4.07 million jury award from her sex discrimination suit against the Regents of the University of California. The California Supreme Court has chosen not to hear the UC-Regents’ appeal.

Janet Conney, a former assistant clinical professor at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital, sued the UC-Regents and UCLA in 2003 for sexual harassment, retaliation for complaining about discrimination, and pay inequity. She also sued three former male colleagues individually for other claims....

In addition to the original complains Conney had against the school, it was discovered during court proceedings that her UCLA department had a secret reserve of money that they used to supplement the salaries of male faculty members only. |AAUW Press Release| (emphasis added)
I saw this news item over at Bitch, PhD. It's amazing what comes out in court-ordered discovery sometimes.

Sounds to me like the UCLA medical school has more problems than just employees selling corpses donated to the school on the black market.

I like to tell myself that higher education as a repository for bright, ethical people... but it isn't always so. The academy is a business and a voracious one at that. Liberal faculty often come into conflict with conservative adminstrators and support staff often have no interest in anything other than a civil service salary.

As a UCLA graduate, I'm even more annoyed to hear about this moronic sex discrimination going on at one of my alma maters.

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