Prof. Denied Tenure at 52 by American U. Awarded $1.3M by Jury (1)

Oct. 16, 2018, 4:50 PMUpdated: Oct. 16, 2018, 5:11 PM

A jury was convinced that American University denied tenure to a professor because of her age, awarding her $1.3 million in damages.

Age discrimination in higher education is “increasingly a problem,” Lynne Bernabei of Bernabei & Kabat PLLC in Washington told Bloomberg Law Oct. 16. She represented Dr. Loubna Hanna at the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Given the tight academic job market and economic concerns on campuses, it looks like universities prefer to grant tenure to younger professors who will give their entire careers to a single institution, Bernabei said.

In the AU case, an economist gave ...

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