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Former OU Professor: "toxic environment proved too much"

Posted: 5:23 AM, Feb 21, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-21 11:23:45Z
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NORMAN, Okla. — A longtime University of Oklahoma professor said she took a retirement incentive from the university after she said she was denied equal pay.

Judy Gibbs Robinson posted to Facebook Wednesday saying she accepted a retirement incentive from OU that became effective January 4.

She served as a journalism instructor and adviser for the student newspaper, The OU Daily. After working at the OU since 2007, she said her job had become "increasingly intolerable."

Robinson said she asked for equal pay as a male counterpart and she was ignored.

"In Student Media, the director told me he wouldn't level the playing field because he "didn't have to,'" Robinson wrote on Facebook.

She said she was then denied teaching assignments and made to teach entry level courses.

Robinson wrote on Facebook that she filed a retaliation grievance with the Equal Opportunity Office but lost because of "insufficient evidence."

OU said in a statement that they do not discuss employees or their work histories in the media.

Robinson said she is in mourning and is trying to figure out how her career ended the way it did.

"Ultimately, the toxic environment proved too much," Robinson said.

In her post, the journalism instructor assured her students that her decision had nothing to do with them.

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