Professor Loses Discrimination Case Against Montana State U.

by E Wayne Ross on April 8, 2009

Bozeman Daily Chronicle: MSU prevails in gender discrimination lawsuit

A jury of eight women and four men ruled against a female Montana State University professor in Gallatin County District Court Friday after a ten-day trial in which the university’s promotion and pay policies were challenged based on allegations that the engineering professor was paid less than her male counterparts.

The jury was asked to determine whether tenured engineering professor Aleksandra Vinogradov was discriminated against because she is a woman and the discrimination was retaliation for complaining about her pay. Vinogradov was the first woman to be granted a tenured professorship in the university’s engineering department and was the only female professor there for several years.