- Associated Press - Thursday, June 2, 2016

PETERSBURG, Va. (AP) - Four female Virginia State University employees are suing the school over gender-based pay inequities and accusations of sexual harassment.

The separate lawsuits were filed in Richmond Circuit Court by associate professor of languages and literature Deborah Goodwyn, associate professor of sociology and social work Zoe Spencer, director of the first-year experience program Sandra Evans and associate director of student health services Bridget Wilson, The Richmond Times-Dispatch (https://bit.ly/25CbuOu) reported.

Goodwyn contends that her male predecessor earned $26,500 more than she was paid while she was chair of her department. She said that after she filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 2015, her contract was shorted by three months to a nine-month position and her pay was reduced.

Evans and Wilson said they were victims of unwanted sexual advances and harassment by former school employee Michael Shackleford.

Shackleford is also included in lists of male colleagues earning higher salaries in the lawsuits by Goodwyn and Spencer. He left the school on Dec. 31 after serving as vice president for student affairs and then as a professor, and is now associate vice president for enrollment management at Norfolk State University.

Shackleford couldn’t be reached for comment by the newspaper.

Virginia State spokeswoman Gwen Williams said in a statement that the university is committed to providing a fair working environment for all employees.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, https://www.timesdispatch.com

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