Center for Individual Rights
August 12, 2003
Professor Ian Maitland's decade-long battle against the University of Minnesota’s female-only faculty pay raise has reached a successful conclusion. After three trips to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit and a rejected petition by the University to the Supreme Court, a settlement agreement has been reached. In addition to paying an award of $225,000, the school agreed not to use gender as a factor in determining employees' pay. Maitland sued the University in 1993 – alleging violations of both Title VII and the U.S. Constitution's Equal Protection Clause – after the female-only raise was made part of a consent decree to settle discrimination claims by female professors. At the time, the school’s own study showed no significant pay disparity between male and female faculty members. Maitland, who is a Professor at the University's Carlson School of Management, was represented by CIR and Gregerson, Rosow, Johnson & Nilan of Minneapolis.