UIC economist to be fired after she discusses gender discrimination

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The University of Illinois economics professor who was fired after discussing gender discrimination has been placed on administrative leave after her employer found she violated policies against gender discrimination, the university announced Friday.

Dara Shakes, the University of Pennsylvania economist who taught at the university for 20 years, was suspended on Friday pending a review by the university’s vice president of human resources and a review of her conduct by the University at Buffalo.

She was also placed on paid leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

Shakes said in a statement Friday that she and her family are grateful to the University for its response and support during this difficult time.

The University is a great university and I am deeply grateful for its unwavering support and commitment to providing equal opportunity to all students.

Shakes said the university has been a strong supporter of gender equity and will continue to work with all of our stakeholders to make the University a place where all students feel welcome and respected.