Jane Meyer testifies about $70,000 salary gap

Former University of Iowa athletics official on witness stand for second day

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DES MOINES — Jane Meyer testified Thursday morning that Gene Taylor, who replaced her as second-in-command at the University of Iowa’s athletics department, inherited 45 percent of her duties and was given a much higher salary.

“I didn’t see a whole lot coming out of (Taylor’s) office,” she said.

Meyer, who was UI’s associate athletics director who worked for the department from 2001 to 2014, is suing the university for gender and sexual orientation discrimination, and for retaliation after she complained about the 2014 firing of her partner, field hockey Coach Tracey Griesbaum.

The trial got underway this week in Polk County District Court.

On the stand for the second day, Meyer noted Taylor was hired in 2014 at a starting salary of $245,000, over $70,000 more than she was earning in what she said was essentially the same role but with more duties.

Asked if she was troubled by the salary differences, she said “Yeah, it was disturbing. (Taylor) was not doing as much work, not even half the work” she had been doing before he arrived.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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