Protect pay equity for professional women.

Protect pay equity for professional women.

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Beatrice Dohrn started this petition to University of Oregon President and

Update April 23, 2021:  One Victory -- one more to go! The U of O's petition to appeal to all the judges of the 9th Circuit has been denied. It has said it will consider seeking review at the US Supreme Court, in this event. Help us send the message loud and clear

To the University of Oregon's Administration and counsel -- no further appeals; stop your misguided efforts to limit the application of equal pay law to all professors and professionals. 

Background

The University of Oregon’s President and Trustees need to hear from the community.  
 
On March 15, 2021, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in the case Freyd v. University of Oregon reinstating an unequal pay case against the University. The suit was brought by Professor Freyd, who is paid substantially less than male colleagues in the psychology department who hold the same full professor position, have less seniority, and are no more accomplished.
 
The University announced that it is considering appealing to the US Supreme Court, continuing to insist that professors are not subject to the law because they do not perform equal work, and that the clear disparate impact of its salary policies on women is justified. The University’s arguments are a throwback to just the sort of thinking that equal pay law aims to address.
 
The University’s position is so alarming that 47 groups filed briefs arguing against it. They are primarily civil rights and women’s rights organizations but also the American Association of University Professors, among others. These experts emphasized the damage the University’s interpretation of equal pay law would do to women and those who rely on women – by gutting the application of equal pay law in most professional settings.
 
No university should appeal to a conservative judiciary to set back equity for all, but it is truly baffling that the University would take a position that stands to hurt its own graduates – the women who go on to professional careers, as well as those who will depend on them, live with them, and toil with them in professional workplaces. 
 
This petition is to demand that the University cease its efforts to appeal to a judiciary inclined to limit civil rights. The undersigned demand that the University make good on its claim to caring about equity on its campus and beyond.To read more about this case:


https://www.aaup.org/brief/freyd-v-university-oregon-no-19-35428-9th-cir-march-15-2021
 
Federal appeals court revives UO professor’s suit alleging ‘glaring’ pay gap between her and male counterparts,
 
https://www.registerguard.com/story/news/2021/03/16/appeals-court-revives-pay-discrimination-case-against-university-oregon-psychology-professor-freyd/4706386001/
 

PETITION LETTER 

To the University of Oregon President and Trustees:
 
We do not wish to see the University of Oregon championing a legal position that, if successful, would gut the application of federal equal pay law in professional contexts.
 
The University’s position betrays its aspirations to become a national institution of leaders and forward thinkers. In its effort to win one case, the University is willing to hurt us all by pushing legal arguments that would limit women’s chances of achieving pay equity in professional settings
 
We are shocked by this disregard for equality not to mention for the interests of all of the University’s own students and graduates.
 
The University of Oregon should never have taken this position in court. Continuing to pursue its losing claim to the United States Supreme Court, with full knowledge that it would be inviting the Court to turn back the clock on pay equity, betrays the principles the University purports to stand for.  
 
We ask that the University cease pushing the legal positions that it recently lost in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals—for the good of current and future professional women in Oregon and throughout the nation.

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