College Professors & Administrators

Talented and dedicated college professors and administrators are indispensable to a thriving, healthy academic environment. Like all employees, college professors, administrators, and other higher education staff are entitled to fair treatment under the law.

If you are a college professor or administrator and you believe that your rights have been violated, you need and deserve to have a legal team on your side with knowledge and experience in the employment law issues that higher education employees frequently face.


At Outten & Golden, we provide an array of employment-related legal services to assert and protect the rights of college professors and administrators. Some of the cases that our firm handles include:

  • Title IX Discrimination: Title IX is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), including sex-based harassment. It applies to any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. Many know that student rights are protected under Title IX, but professors and administrators are also protected. In addition to the protections offered by Title IX, numerous other federal, state, and local regulations prohibit discrimination based on race, gender, orientation, age, and various other characteristics. Those who believe themselves to be victims of discrimination should be aware of their rights and know how to assert them.
  • Tenure Disputes: Tenure is highly sought after by many college professors and is undoubtedly beneficial to a long-term academic career in a multitude of ways. Unfortunately, there are far too many instances where professors are wrongfully denied tenure without good cause. While colleges and universities may claim that denying tenure is within their discretion, there must still be sufficient grounds to do so. Knowledgeable and experienced attorneys who understand tenure disputes and the complex laws that may apply is essential in appealing a denial and protecting employee rights.
  • Contract Negotiation and Disputes: College professors and administrators may face a variety of contract-related issues throughout their careers. From initial contract negotiation through issues of wrongful termination and everything in between, our team excels at expertly representing faculty and staff who need to effectively assert and protect their rights.

In addition to these issues that frequently arise, the attorneys at Outten & Golden are well-versed in many other employment-based claims that concern higher education faculty and administrators, including attacks on academic freedom, salary and compensation issues (including pay equity claims), employee misclassification issues, and many other types of claims.[*]


For a college or university to succeed in its mission of offering educational excellence, its faculty and staff must feel encouraged, valued, and confident that their rights will be protected.

At Outten & Golden LLP, we are committed to protecting and defending the rights of college professors and administrators. We understand the unique needs of those who work in higher education, and we know that when legal complications arise, you need a team that can address those issues effectively and efficiently so you can move forward and continue to excel at your job.

If you are employed in higher education and need legal guidance regarding an employment issue, we're here to help. Please contact us to discuss your circumstances with a knowledgeable and experienced Outten & Golden attorney.

(*Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.)