Princeton’s reputation is known to be a prestigious school with outstanding academic programs offering education at its finest and one of the best in the nation taught by extraordinary professors. Princeton’s response to the allegation regarding compensation discrimination was said to be unfounded and therefore denied such wrongdoing. The OFCCP refused to let go of the issue and decided to launch an investigation back in 2012 against the Ivy League school. After nearly 8 years the OFCCP had sufficient evidence that proved there was compensation discrimination. The evidence showed that the school broke laws and then the school had decided to reach a deal calling it an “early resolution conciliation” instead of it going to trial which could have resulted in major fines and a larger payout on the behalf of the school.
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Ethics Case Controversy
Due to allegations that Princeton University is discriminating against its female employees an investigation launched in 2012 to determine if the allegations of “discrimination in salary and gender pay gap” at Princeton University were indeed true. This investigation was to determine if women at Princeton were actually receiving less pay compared to their male colleagues. The Department of Labor started this investigation as part of a “routine compliance procedure” and found that there were harsh disparities in the salary of women who were considered full-time
Along with the early resolution conciliation agreement the OFCCP determined that Princeton University would end up having to pay $925,000 dollars in back pay to the 106 female professors, and $250,000 in future salary adjustments, equaling a total of about $1.2 million. Money that will definitely be taking a toll on the school.
Princeton University is a major
ivy league school that many people know of and they depend greatly on their
stakeholders. Immediately when the name is brought up people automatically
think of how amazing the school is and how intelligent the people are that must
attend. Anyone considering applying to go to Princeton needs to be able to
trust the school, they want to know if the professors and staff are available
to help them with anything they may need. The same thing goes for anyone who
wishes to become a professor at the school. Professors are most definitely
super important to the school’s success because without them there would be no
school. People who wish to work for this school need to know that Princeton is
going to do anything it can to support its staff. Especially if people who are currently working for the school find out that the school does not think too
highly of them then that puts pressure on the professors and may cause them
some stress and disappointment in the school's priorities. Princeton also has over $300 million in sponsored research funding
which comes from federal agencies, companies, foundations, and other private
entities that are super important to support the school. These fundings allow
professors and students to do any research they need without having to spend
their own money. If these companies decided to no longer donate their money to
the school, it surely would impact the students and the professors and most
definitely the school because they would no longer be able to hold the vast
majority of research programs that they have. Essentially everyone involved with Princeton is at risk for having their life negatively impacted by the choices made by the school.
His v.s. Hers Pay Disparity
An individualist would see that this case has not thoroughly followed the laws set by the Department of Labor by not paying their woman professors equally to the male professors. Milton Friedman argued that the “responsibility of the business was to maximize profit within the land of the law and that spending money on resources, employees, and donations to causes are wrong because it is essentially stealing from the company” (Salazar 17)
Virtue Theory differs strongly from the previous three ethical theories because the previous three theories analyze individual actions whereas virtue theory analyzes a person’s character (Salazar 23). This theory is taking a look at the five cardinal virtues which are courage, honesty, justice, prudence, and temperance, and decides whether or not the person was virtuous or not, meaning that the case was ethical. However, virtue theorists would say this case is unethical because Princeton did not establish any of these cardinal virtues, rather they did the opposite. The only people who did show these virtues were the women who were involved in the case and were the ones who had the biggest impact on the school during the time of the controversy.
Personally, I believe all professors are equal and it shouldn’t matter what subject they teach, all subjects have their difficulties. What gives Princeton, or the person in charge, the right to claim that what they’ve done is based on department difficulty and how do they decide who is more important than who? Instead of denying their action why didn’t they simply say they saw the errors of their ways and try to correct it right then and there? It would have made less of an uproar and an investigation would not have gone on for as long as it did. Trying to fix the problem instead of trying to cover it up is easier than having to deal with a bunch of backlashes after tons of people find out that their school has discriminated against based on gender, which happens to be a very touchy topic when it comes to people.
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