White professor sues the University of New Jersey after discovering that two black colleagues earn more than him

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White professor sues New Jersey college for racial discrimination after discovering his two black colleagues make $ 45,000 more than him – despite ‘similar qualifications and experience’

  • William T. Lavell, 66, filed his lawsuit against Camden College on Friday after allegedly discovering the pay gap under the state’s public records law.
  • In his lawsuit, Lavell argues that despite “ similar qualifications and experience, ” black professors Melvin Roberts and Lawrence Chatman earn more than he does.
  • Lavell’s salary in 2021 is $ 91,923; Roberts’ is $ 137,157; Chatman’s is $ 142,606
  • Lavell has taught at the university for 26 years; Roberts has more than 31 experience there and Chatman 30 years, according to online data
  • The suit also states that Lavell has even more ‘professional degrees in his field of concentration’ than the two other professors mentioned
  • Lavell is seeking more than $ 150,000 in damages, according to the lawsuit

William T. Lavell is claiming more than $ 150,000 in damages

William T. Lavell is claiming more than $ 150,000 in damages

A white professor sues a New Jersey university for racial discrimination after discovering that his two black colleagues are making at least $ 45,000 more than him.

William T. Lavell, 66, filed suit against Camden College on Friday after discovering the pay gap under the state’s public records law, NJ.com reports.

In his lawsuit, chemistry professor Lavell argues that despite “similar tenure, qualifications and experience,” black engineering professors Melvin Roberts and Lawrence Chatman earn more than he does.

Data shows Lavell’s salary in 2021 is $ 91,923, Roberts’s $ 137,157, and Chatman’s $ 142,606.

Lavell, who lives in Annapolis, Maryland, is seeking more than $ 150,000 in damages.

A Camden College spokesperson told DailyMail.com, “Camden County College does not comment on pending lawsuits.”

Lavell has been teaching at the university for 26 years. Roberts has more than 31 years of experience there and Chatman 30 years, according to online data.

The lawsuit states that Lavell has more “professional degrees in his field of concentration” than the two other professors mentioned.

Lavell lists a chemistry degree from Ursinus College, an MA in analytical chemistry from Villanova University, and a Ph.D in organic chemistry from Princeton University on his LinkedIn profile.

Online records show that Chatman has an electrical engineering degree from Rutgers, an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Doctor of Education from Wilmington University.

Records of Roberts’ qualifications were not immediately available.

Lawrence Chatman

Lawrence Chatman

In his lawsuit, chemistry professor Lavell argues that despite “similar tenure, qualifications, and experience,” black engineering professors Melvin Roberts, left, and Lawrence Chatman, right, earn more than he does.

Lavell reportedly complained to University President Donald Borden and other senior staff last November with a “comparative analysis of the racial differences in compensation between himself and comparable, non-Caucasian counterparts.”

Vice President Kathleen Kane is said to have “failed and refused to investigate or address Prosecutor Lavell’s complaint about racial discrimination.”

Labor attorney Jamison Mark said: “The laws against discrimination are there for a reason. Whether you are white, black or brown, it does not matter, you cannot be treated unfairly. ‘

William T. Lavell, 66, filed his lawsuit against Camden College, pictured on Friday, after discovering the pay gap under the state’s public records law, NJ.com reports.

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