Theidon v. Harvard University

Harvard denies tenure to anthropology professor, claiming she’s insufficiently published and not a “first rank” scholar. Professor: I was denied because of my gender and as retaliation for my speaking out on behalf of survivors of sexual misconduct on campus. In a 73-page decision, the First Circuit finds the evidence doesn’t support the professor’s arguments. Not even the department adviser who told the professor to be a “dutiful daughter” (one who didn’t complain about gender disparities in course load) to succeed, as that was years before the tenure decision was made and wasn’t enough to meet the discriminatory burden. (She is now a tenured professor at Tufts.)

Tags: 2020, Discrimination, First Circuit, Retaliation

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