Engineers at University of Colorado-Boulder are accusing the university of misleading them about their pay, according to a report released Thursday.
The university has said that the workers were working for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, but the report shows that the department is responsible for a significant portion of the overtime payments.
“We received a notice on March 31, 2018 that the Department’s Director of Research and Development has been terminated for cause,” a university spokeswoman told BuzzFeed News.
“The Director of Engineering has been hired to serve as the interim Director of the Department.”
The report also found that, since 2010 to 2019, employees working at the university were paid an average of $3,903 per month, which was higher than the national average of about $2,500 per month.
“While the amount of the payments varied across departments, the total amounts ranged from $3.5 million to $4.5 mln,” the report stated.
A spokesperson for the university told BuzzFeed that the number of employees working for Engineering is currently unknown and that no employees were laid off.
The report comes after the university last month accused the US Department of Labor of using the word “subsidy” to describe its overtime pay.
In a statement, the university said it would “work with federal regulators and state and local governments to ensure that the University is not using the term ‘subsidiarity’ as a marketing term for the improper compensation of University employees.”
“This is not what we do,” said university spokeswoman Jennifer Rafferty.
“The University of Denver has a long history of employing high-quality employees who work with the highest quality of products, technology, and data, and we expect them to continue doing so.”
The university said that, from the beginning of fiscal year 2019, its employees have been provided with overtime pay as required by federal law.
In April, the department announced that it was reviewing the amount and timing of pay that engineers receive.
“This report is a reminder that we have been a leader in improving the pay and benefits of our employees, and as a result, we are improving our overall performance,” Rafferter said.
“But we need to do better.”