New Jersey Prof Files Racial Discrimination Lawsuit, Claims Less-Qualified Black Colleagues Are Paid More

New Jersey Prof Files Racial Discrimination Lawsuit, Claims Less-Qualified Black Colleagues Are Paid More


A white science professor at a New Jersey community college filed a racial discrimination lawsuit alleging that his less-qualified black colleagues are being paid more than him. 

According to a nine-page lawsuit reviewed by the Philadelphia Inquirer, chemistry professor William T. Lavell has alleged “stark racial disparities” in compensation between himself and two black professors. The lawsuit also alleges “severe emotional distress, embarrassment, humiliation, and loss of self-esteem.”

Lavell has been a professor at Camden County College for 25 years and holds three professional degrees. Engineering professors Melvin Roberts, who holds two professional degrees, and Lawrence Chatman, who holds one professional degree, are both paid significantly more than Lavell. 

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The lawsuit claims that Robert’s salary for 2021 was $142,600, Chatman’s salary for 2020 was $137,157, meanwhile Lavell’s salary for 2021 was $91,923. 

After uncovering the financial discrepancies, Lavell filed a discrimination complaint with the college’s president Donald Borden and other school administrators. He asked for his salary to align with his nonwhite counterparts

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