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Princeton agrees to pay over $1 million to female professors after federal review finds pay gaps

Princeton University has made an agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) to pay $925,000 in back pay and at least $250,000 in future salary adjustments to female professors who earned less money than their male peers.

Princeton University has made an agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) to pay $925,000 in back pay and at least $250,000 in future salary adjustments to female professors who earned less money than their male peers.

The agreement follows a review by OFCCP that found between 2012 and 2014, 106 female professors at Princeton received less pay than male professors. Princeton University spokesman Ben Chang said in a statement last week that the school contested the allegations because they were based on a “flawed statistical model that grouped all full professors together regardless of department” and it did not reflect how the university hires and compensates its staff.

Princeton University spokesperson Ben Chang said, “Princeton’s commitment to equity and equal opportunity for all is ongoing, and current University initiatives include conducting a review of faculty salaries at the time of hire and in the annual merit increase process to ensure equity; engaging in hiring initiatives in fields with low representation of women; and encouraging women to serve in leadership positions, including as department chairs and school deans.”

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