An assistant professor at Chapman University will receive $175,000 and a promotion as part of a settlement in a sex discrimination lawsuit filed against the Orange County institution.
Lynn Hamrick claimed she was denied tenure and a promotion to associate professor because she is a woman. Hamrick has taught at the university since 1999.
When her promotion was denied, she appealed to the university’s grievance committee, which ruled in her favor. However, Chapman’s Senate Executive Board vacated that decision, so she complained to the EEOC.
EEOC investigators found there was reasonable cause to believe Hamrick was denied her promotion because of sex discrimination. Chapman elected to settle the case without admitting any wrongdoing.
In addition to paying and promoting Hamrick, the university agreed to provide sex discrimination training to selected supervisors and report any other sex discrimination charges directly to the EEOC for the coming year.
- Apply harassment rules no matter who's accused
- Use consistent hiring, firing processes to knock down age discrimination claims
- Settlement agreement may be binding even without signature
- Overcoming adult attention deficit disorder in the workplace
- Even the best sexual harassment policy is useless without supervisor vigilance