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Prof at California University alleges gender discrimination

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Human Resources

A psychology professor at the state-run California University of Pennsylvania has filed a lawsuit claiming that pressure from higher-ups has kept her from being promoted.

Linda Toth hasn’t been promoted to full-professor status despite earning the recommendations of her department, its chair and the school promotion committee.

Toth, who heads the faculty union, claims university president Angelo Armenti Jr. has consistently blocked her promotion because she is a woman and because she pulled back her hand when he allegedly tried to caress it.

Armenti calls the charge an “unfounded attack” on his integrity.

Toth counters that women professors are consistently promoted less often than their male counterparts at the university. She is seeking back pay, damages and attorneys’ fees.

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