Professor’s Pay Bias Allegations Too General, 4th Cir. Says (1)

March 18, 2019, 5:24 PMUpdated: March 18, 2019, 8:20 PM

A sociology professor can’t prove Virginia State University paid her less than male professors because of her sex, the Fourth Circuit ruled.

The March 18 decision highlights that pay discrimination may sometimes be easier to prove under the Equal Pay Act than under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, but not without strong evidence that the complainant does “virtually identical” work in terms of “skill, effort, and responsibility,” the court said.

The EPA, unlike Title VII, relieves workers of the need to prove a pay disparity was driven by a discriminatory intent. But Title VII only requires proof ...

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