University of Pittsburgh Wins Lawsuit to Decrease Bad Professor's Pay By 20%

3 years ago



Washington Examiner reports that a federal court has ruled the University of Pittsburgh had the right to impose a pay cut on a grad school professor Jerome McKinney. The Typical Student team learned the details. 

A long-serving professor of public administration  argued that he was the only black faculty member and that his salary increases between 2006 and 2013 were “substantially smaller” compared to white faculty members. In September 2013, McKinney's salary was reduced by 20%. In addition, McKinney’s lawsuit requested $115,000 in back pay.


Did Professor McKinney Do Well At Work?



The US Court of Appeals has ruled that the professor "has no constitutionally protected guarantee to a specific salary level", and that his "contract provides him no such guarantee either."  According to the University of Pittsburgh, McKinney "did not fare well" in faculty reviews, his classes had less enrollments, he had poor student evaluations, his research agenda was "stagnant." For instance, one anonymous review on that dates back to 2007 reads as follows:




Allegedly, McKinney has been repeatedly warned that his performance was mediocre, and did nothing to improve. It is said that “his compensation is not affected” by professor’s race, according to the court appeal. Reportedly, the university “had imposed pay cuts on at least 20 faculty members in the past.” 


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