MADISON (AP) - A professor who claimed the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee denied her tenure because she is a woman and was pregnant will receive $126,000 in back pay and expenses in a settlement announced Friday.
Ceil Pillsbury, who now teaches at UW-Green Bay, can also seek tenure again at UW-Milwaukee or at UW-Parkside in Kenosha. The settlement was announced in Madison by Pillsbury and UW System President Katharine Lyall.
"I want to reiterate I expect to teach at UW-Milwaukee next fall," Pillsbury told a news conference. "I do believe that I will receive tenure this time."
The settlement ends Pillsbury's four-year fight against UW-Milwaukee, which a U.S. Labor Department report last year said was engaged in a "pattern and practice" of discrimination against women faculty.
Pillsbury had filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Milwaukee in October 1991, seeking a reversal of the tenure decision, reinstatement at the UW-Milwaukee and back pay and damages.
Under the settlement, Pillsbury will:
Seek tenure this fall at either UW-Milwaukee or UW-Parkside. She is on leave from UW-Green Bay, where she has been recommended for tenure.
Receive an immediate review by an independent committee at UW-Milwaukee under a new state law that grants a review to a professor denied tenure. If the committee finds the denial was based on discrimination or other "impermissible factors," it can overturn the decision.
Receive $40,000 in back pay, $25,000 for legal expenses and $61,000 in personal expenses.
Rreceive the pay of a tenured faculty member at UW-Milwaukee even if she is denied tenure there a second time and works at UW-Green Bay or UW-Parkside.
Lyall said that the pay of a tenured associate professor at UW-Milwaukee is about $7,000 to $10,000 more a year than the same position at UW-Green Bay or UW-Parkside.
"It's a win-win settlement for everyone involved, for the UW System, for myself, for the women in the Wisconsin system and especially for the taxpayers," Pillsbury said earlier. "It's a very good and fair settlement."
Pillsbury was denied tenure at the UW-Milwaukee School of Business in 1989 while she was pregnant with her second child. University officials have contended that she was denied tenure because her research wasn't good enough.
The U.S. Department of Labor ruled last fall that the UW-Milwaukee had violated federal affirmative action and sex harassment laws in the case. It said the school should reinstate and grant tenure to Pillsbury.
But in November, a national panel of business professors appointed by Lyall upheld the school's decision to deny Pillsbury tenure. The UW Regents later met and decided not to take action.
Pillsbury said she wanted UW-Parkside as an employment option because it is a shorter commute - about 45 minutes - than the two-hour drive from her home to UW-Green Bay.