UI professor files gender-based wage discrimination lawsuit

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) - A University of Illinois professor is suing the college for gender-based wage discrimination.

Industrial Design Professor Deana McDonagh claims she is paid less than male colleagues in the same program.

The lawsuit states she makes between $12,000 to $43,000 less than those colleagues and that she was retaliated against for making complaints.

McDonagh filed a federal lawsuit Monday.

She claims that after complaining about the wage difference in 2014, the then-director of the School of Art & Design questioned her about why she need a pay raise, because she does not have a family.

In 2017, she filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Three weeks later, she said she received her first ever mediocre faculty evaluation.

In the lawsuit, McDonagh is suing for compensation for legal fees and damages, lost wages, and benefits, as well as a pay raise.