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UO reaches $450,000 settlement in equal pay lawsuit with former professor

Freyd filed a lawsuit against the university in 2017, claiming she was getting paid substantially less than her male colleagues who hold the same positions and are no more accomplished than her.

Posted: Jul 18, 2021 12:51 PM
Updated: Jul 18, 2021 6:33 PM

EUGENE, Ore.-- The University of Oregon reached a $450,000 settlement agreement with now-retired psychology professor Jennifer Freyd on Friday.

Freyd filed a lawsuit against the university in 2017, claiming she was getting paid substantially less than her male colleagues who hold the same positions and are no more accomplished.

The majority of the settlement, $335,000, will be paid to cover her legal fees and emotional distress. $15,000 will cover lost wages from the five to six year period at issue. 

In addition, the university will make a $100,000 donation to the Center for Institutional Courage, which was founded by Freyd.

The UO and Freyd issued a joint settlement statement saying:

“We are pleased to put this litigation behind us and together affirm our continued commitment to uncover, acknowledge, and address gender inequity and other forms of discrimination.”

UO Vice President Kevin Reed said he's grateful to have settled the case.

“We wish professor Freyd well as a retired member of faculty and as she pursues her next endeavors," Reed said.

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