One year ago, professor Steven Albrechtsen of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater sued the school for discrimination and walked away $293,840 richer.
A subsequent ruling lowered the total to $143,840.Now, a federal appeals court reversed the jury?s verdict, awarding Albrechtsen
the $143,840, and rendered all awards null.
In 2000, Albrechtsen
sued Whitewater in federal district court, saying the university?s health, physical education, recreation and coaching departments had discriminated against him on the basis of his
was denied a merit raise and was not allowed to teach two summer courses.According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, Albrechtsen
charged that ?lesbians? running his
department had discriminated against him because he
is suing the university after being denied a pay raise and for discrimination after his
department head asked him for a current resume.He
denied giving them the resume, asserting the department should know his
The ruling indicated a resume was not the only paperwork Albrechtsen refused to submit.
?A new department chair asked faculty members to submit student evaluations for use in the merit-pay process,? the ruling stated. ?Albrechtsen refused to do this, and the chair responded by withholding any merit pay increase.The new chair asked Albrechtsen
for a current curriculum vitae so that she
could assess whether his
knowledge encompassed the subjects he
proposed to teach; again Albrechtsen
refused, and again the chair followed Albrechtsen?s ?no? with a ?no? of her
was granted a pay raise in 1998, but he
said the pay raise was the result of pressure he
put on the university in a written complaint.
The 7th circuit?s ruling said in order to find the university guilty of discrimination, Albrechtsen
had to establish that ?he complained about sex discrimination,? that ?the persons who made the decisions in 1998 knew about those complaints? and that ?the adverse actions in 1998 occurred because of the complaints.?In reference to the last requirement, ?if Albrechtsen
has not complained, and all else had remained the same, he
would have received a raise and been allowed to teach the workshops.?