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Pitt Law and Age Discrimination.

Posted By Cliff Tuttle | August 28, 2011

No. 698

A part-time law professor, who had once been a full-time faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh Law School, has filed an age discrimination suit . William Brown began to teach at Pitt Law in 1968. However, he had left the law school for another opportunity in 2000. Several years ago, he returned to teach part-time.  However his contract was not renewed in 2010.  The former faculty member claims that he had been lured back to the law school with a promise of tenure, but  that a much younger faculty member had been hired instead.

William Brown, 73, stated in his U S District Court complaint that he has been passed over for a woman in her thirties because the law school administration was concerned that the average age of the faculty was too old.

There is no maximum age limit to protection under ADEA.  As a matter of fact, experience is usually a valuable asset in a teacher, especially when it may take decades to acquire the knowledge and expertise needed to be at the top of the profession.

On the other hand, the other candidate may well turn out to have exceptional qualifications. Similar suits have been filed against othe law schools.



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