Law Professor sues University of Pittsburgh for Age Discrimination, New York Civil Rights Violation Lawyer Comments


Tax professor William J. Brown, 73, is suing the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He is claiming that he was passed over for a tenure track position because of his age. New York civil right violation lawyer David Perecman comments on this civil rights violation lawsuit.

In New York, civil rights violation lawyers understand age discrimination in the workplace is illegal under state and federal law.

According to the civil rights violation complaint, Brown joined the law school in 1968 and was quickly granted tenured status. After 30 years, he left. In 2006, administrators invited him to return as a tax law professor. He accepted, and started voicing his desire to return to a tenured position.

"During faculty meetings, and in subsequent discussions, [the law school] considered the fact that the median age of the law school faculty had increased, and determined that this was a negative factor that needed to be addressed," the complaint said, as reported by The National Law Journal.

Even though Brown was given the law school's Excellence in Teaching award at the end of the 2007-8 school year, the tenured position that he sought was instead given to a new and less experienced hire, who was in her early 30s.

“An employee may have an age discrimination case if he or she is over 40, has had a major job change, such as a demotion, and has been replaced by a younger worker and can show he or she is qualified to do the job,” explained Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm, one of New York’s civil rights violation law firms.

Some New York civil rights violation lawyers and The National Law Journal note that Pittsburgh is the fourth law school to be hit with an age discrimination lawsuit. The others schools are University of Baltimore School of Law, University of Iowa College of Law and Michigan State University College of Law.

Age discrimination is prohibited by the Age Discrimination Act of 1967, and is enforced by the Civil Rights Center and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In New York State, employees are also protected from workplace age discrimination by the New York State Human Rights Law and New York City Human Rights Law.

Individuals who believe they have been victims of workplace discrimination in New York because of race, age, sex, religion, national origin or disability may be eligible to receive compensation for lost wages or any damages resulting from the discrimination, including emotional distress.

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