DENVER - A group calling for equal pay regardless of gender met Thursday with top leaders at the University of Denver.
The group, including current and former DU students, turned in a petition signed by more than 1,700 people supporting the fight against wage discrimination.
The action was prompted by a recent complaint from DU Sturm College of Law professor Lucy Marsh, who filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Marsh has taught at DU's Sturm College of Law for 40 years and believes despite her tenure, awards, and publishing, her $109,000 yearly salary makes her the lowest paid full professor at the law school.
"We want to know what the university is doing to address the specific situation with professor Marsh, but also how they're going to correct the other existing pay disparities and what they're going to do moving forward to prevent this kind of discrimination from happening in the future," Linda Meric with the National Association of Working Women said.
Marsh previously said she learned about the pay inequality from a salary memo sent by the law school's dean in December. The memo discusses new merit raises for some professors and offers salary comparisons between male and female faculty. It indicated female full professors at the school make, on average, $16,000 less a year than their male counterparts.
DU maintains its salaries are based on performance and says it's committed to looking into ways to make its process better.
"We do actually go back and check and make sure the system doesn't create any types of bias," Sturm Law School Dean Marty Katz said. "If you go back to 2008 to 2013, for example, at the law school ... Our merit system has actually tended to favor females a little bit."
Both sides agreed Thursday's conversation was productive.
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