University administrator files lawsuit for gender discrimination

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) —A University of Virginia administrator is suing the school for alleged gender and disability discrimination.

Media outlets, according to the Associated Press, reported that on Wednesday, assistant vice provost Betsy Ackerson filed a lawsuit against the university’s Board of Visitors. The suit claims the school knowingly paid her less than her male colleagues.

According to the lawsuit, Ackerson was hired in 2012 to help with mapping out a five-year plan. Her supervisors allegedly leaned heavily on her to carry the workload, but other peers made more money than she did.

Through negotiations, Ackerson was able to get her salary raised from $70,000 to $100,000 —still less than the salaries of other high-ranking employees, according to the suit.

The lawsuit also says the university refused to accommodate her when she suffered chronic fatigue on the job.

University spokesman Anthony de Bruyn declined to comment.