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CSU Trustees and Cal State San Bernardino President face equal pay lawsuit

A lawsuit filed Tuesday alleges administrators at CSU San Bernardino violated the state’s Equal Pay Act, discriminated against and harassed some women employees of the campus.

Former female administrators on the San Bernardino campus filed the lawsuit on national Equal Pay Day against CSUSB President Tomas Morales, Jake Zhu, a campus dean, and the CSU Board of Trustees.

According to the lawsuit, Clare Weber, a former vice provost on the campus, complained to Zhu and Morales that she and other women vice provosts were paid less than their male counterparts. Weber learned she was also one of the lowest paid despite having many assignments.

Anissa Rogers, a former associate dean on the Palm Desert campus, also complained to Zhu of sexual harassment by male employees and requested that CSU “do better to disrupt sexism,” according to the lawsuit. However, neither woman had their concerns addressed and they allege that leadership at the campus and within the chancellor’s office forced women to accept working conditions, resign or retire.

Both women are represented by Courtney Abrams, PC, and Helmer Freidman, LLP law firms.

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