Economist Sylvia Nasar became a best-selling author when she wrote A Beautiful Mind, her 1998 biography of a troubled Nobel Prize-winning mathematician and economist. She became even more prominent when her book became an Oscar-winning movie starring Russell Crowe in 2001. Now she is taking her employer, Columbia University, to court, and the stakes are high.
As Capital New York reports, Nasar is a long-time faculty member at the prestigious Columbia Journalism School, where she co-directs the master’s program in business journalism. This week, she filed a summons accusing the university of underpaying her by $923,000.
The details are complicated, but essentially, Nasar claims Columbia breached her contract by not paying her money she is owed from a grant that’s separate from her salary. She was the school’s first John S. and James L. Knight Professor of Business Journalism; the grant she claims she’s owed money from comes from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. She has written for the New Yorker and the New York Times, among many other publications.
As the Huffington Post points out, this is hardly the highest-profile lawsuit to hit Columbia in recent months. Last semester, two former students filed suits alleging they’d been sexually harassed by their professors.
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