Saturday, February 28, 2009

College professor wins pay discrimination case against UTPA

The Monitor
February 25, 2009 - 7:37 PM
Jennifer L. Berghom
The Monitor

EDINBURG — Hilda Medrano was demoted from her job as dean of the University of Texas-Pan American's college of education almost four years ago.
Now the university is paying her almost $230,000.
A jury decided Monday that UTPA willfully violated the Equal Pay Act by not paying her as much as her male counterparts and did not pay her for unused vacation time when she was demoted.
Pending a final decision from the judge, Medrano stands to receive almost $350,000 in back pay, benefits, legal fees and damages, including $100,000 for mental anguish.
Although the jury awarded Medrano $37,857 for the difference in pay from any male employee who did comparable work and $26,800 in vacation pay, those amounts would be doubled because the jury found the university willfully violated the Equal Pay Act, said her attorney, Katie Pearson Klein.
"Dr. Medrano prevailed on every issue," Klein said.

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1 comment:

Change Agent said...

I attend UTPA and am deeply saddened that this institution would discriminate based on gender, in direct violation of the equal pay act! The saddest part is that the dean was demoted by a FEMALE president of the university. Talk about perpetuating inequality!