Novel Ending For Dispute Over Tenure
HARVARD Law School agreed to pay $260,000 to a domestic-violence institute to settle a lawsuit brought by a former professor who says she was denied tenure because she is a woman.
Clare Dalton said five men with similar qualifications were granted tenure in 1987, the year she was passed over. ``Harvard's money is being put into resources for women who suffer the most egregious form of gender discrimination,'' Ms. Dalton said Tuesday.
Dalton, the wife of Labor Secretary Robert Reich and now a professor at Northeastern's law school, helped found its Domestic Violence Institute. It trains law students to represent those who are victims of such acts.
Harvard Law School Dean Robert Clark, who was not dean at the time of the flap, denied that Dalton didn't get tenure because she is a woman. Harvard attorney Anne Taylor said the university admitted no fault and was pleased with the settlement. Whistle-blower vindicated
A University of Michigan researcher who was robbed of credit for her work by a colleague and then punished when she complained was awarded $1.2 million on Tuesday.
``It's an enormous vindication, one of the few cases where a whistle-blower in science has been unmitigatedly vindicated,'' said Carolyn Phinney, a psychologist who had done work on wisdom and aging.
A jury ruled May 12 that Marion Perlmutter, a senior scientist at the university's Institute of Gerontology, defrauded her fellow researcher by taking her work in exchange for false promises of future employment.
The jury also found that Richard Adelman, director of the institute, violated a state whistle-blower protection law by retaliating against Ms. Phinney after she filed a complaint. Mr. Adelman suspended Phinney, and her contract was not renewed. The university hasn't decided whether to appeal. No to `Joe Camel'
The attorneys general of 27 states want the Federal Trade Commission to ban the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.'s ``Joe Camel'' advertising campaign. They say it encourages young people to smoke.
In a letter Tuesday to the chairman of the FTC, New York Attorney General Robert Abrams said federal action is necessary to protect children.
A Reynolds spokeswoman, Maura Payne Ellis, said: ``We are adamantly opposed to youth smoking. If we thought this was contributing to youth smoking, we would change it ourselves.''