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Female scientists at Salk Institute claim gender discrimination, ‘old boys club’ – Los Angeles Times

Renowned scientists Vicki Lundblad and Katherine Jones this week sued their employer, the Salk Institute, alleging that they and other women have suffered long-term gender discrimination at the La Jolla science center.

Their lawsuits claim that the institute has long been an “old boys club” with “a culture where women are paid less, not promoted and denied opportunities and benefits simply because they are women.”

Lundblad and Jones also alleged that they have faced pressure to downsize their laboratories even though they’ve done well in bringing in research money.

They accused Salk administrators of not promoting any female scientist to the rank of full professor since 1999, of retaliating against them for their complaints and of not responding seriously to changes proposed by Nobel laureate Elizabeth Blackburn, the institute’s current president who joined the Salk in late 2015.

Female scientists at Salk Institute claim gender discrimination, ‘old boys club’ – Los Angeles Times

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