“Female members of Virginia State University’s faculty and staff have filed suit against the university and its governing board alleging gender-based pay disparities, sexual harassment and favoritism, and retaliation when they complained.
The separate suits were filed in Richmond Circuit Court by Deborah Goodwyn, associate professor of languages and literature; Zoe Spencer, associate professor of sociology and social work; Sandra Evans, director of the first-year experience program; and Bridget Wilson, associate director of student health services.
Evans and Wilson both allege they were victims of unwanted sexual advances and harassment by Dr. Michael Shackleford, who left VSU on Dec. 31 after serving as vice president for student affairs and then as a professor. Shackleford is included in lists of male colleagues earning higher salaries in the suits by Goodwyn and Spencer.”
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