A White professor at historically Black Tuskegee University in Alabama has filed a lawsuit against the university charging age and racial discrimination.
Marshall Burns, who has taught physics at the university for more than 40 years, claims that he is paid $18,000 to $30,000 less than younger scholars with less seniority. Dr. Burns joined the faculty at the university in 1976, was promoted to associate professor in 1978, and to full professor in 1980. Yet, according to the lawsuit, his annual salary of $60,500, is akin to what an associate professor at the university would receive. Dr. Burns said he has requested a salary raise at least 12 times.
At a news conference, Dr. Burns stated “I’m not a greedy person. I applaud people who are successful. They’ve earned it. I think I’ve earned it, but I haven’t received it. I have tried and tried and tried everything I know.”