Virginia Tech Sued For Gender Discrimination

Some might call it a trend, but another lawsuit has emerged alleging that women were paid less than their male counterparts in comparable positions.  This time the lawsuit, filed by three female ex-employes, accuses Virginia Tech of gender discrimination, showing that pay disparity is as pernicious in the public sector as the private. 

According to the complaint one woman was explicitly told she was worth less because she was a woman.

The suit alleges that Virginia Tech violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the Equal Pay Act by paying the women less than men who were doing similar jobs.  One plaintiff described a situation where she applied for a new position within the university after working in its development office.  During a meeting with the man who would become her boss if hired she requested the same starting salary for the position as the man who had last held the job received.

Instead she was offered $20,000 less and said that “as a woman and not the head of her household she was not worth the same as the man who held the position at the time.”  That same supervisor also allegedly said that “hiring a woman can be a liability because women could become pregnant and miss work.”

The supervisor also admits that he “might” have threatened to “slap her with a ‘wet noodle’” if the employee told anyone about his sexist statements.

This latest lawsuit simply illustrates what has become common knowledge for years now–women face the hurdles of gender stereotypes and unfair and unlawful employment actions in every workplace setting.  The only things preventing these actions from remaining commonplace are women willing to fight for their worth and large enough jury verdicts to make workplace discrimination economically untenable for employers.


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jane richmond
jane richmond4 years ago


Lynne B.
Lynne Buckley4 years ago

Thanks for the article. Sadly, I'm not surprised. This is something that has happened and continues to happen everywhere. I hope they win their action and Virginia Tech have to pay them compensation.

Mikaila H.
Mikaila H.4 years ago

How can he say that? I know plenty of of families where the woman is the main money owner, with her own business started from scratch etc., with either a lower earning or home-dad partner. I hope he hasn't got a wife. I sure wouldn't want to be married to anyone who clearly has such a lowly opinion of me.
I say equal pay!

Maarja L.
Maarja L.4 years ago

Why is it always assumed that a man is the head of the household? Arent there widows, single mothers, women living on their own et cetera?

Ernie Miller
william Miller4 years ago

If I were faced with hireing an employee right now I would probably hire a woman. they tend to be reliable people willing to work hard. There are very few jobs they can not do phisically now days. they have an attention to detail and tend to work well with others.

K s Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Yvonne S.
Yvonne S.4 years ago

If a woman is capable of doing a job as well as a man can do it, she should be given equal pay.

Darlene Tipton
Darlene Tipton4 years ago

I'd say go into every interview with a recorder. Once something was said that clearly was sexist and patently unfair, politly tell the interviewer that you will think about what they say and then go to their human resourses deptartment and provide them with the recorder transcript and oferf to play the recorder for them. Them ask if they will reconsider if the interviewer is actually competent to interview anyone. You have them over a barrel and they know it.

Deborah W.
Deborah w.4 years ago

It is a ridiculous attitude. This man sounds like a misogynist as well.

If women didn't get pregnant, none of us would be here including him!

Women have the right to have a family even if they are working and be paid equally if doing the same job.

Deborah W.
Deborah w.4 years ago

It is sad that women are still not treated well in the workplace. It is unfair and unconscionable.

The guy is also a misogynist and doesn't deserve to hold that position.