On May 12, 2020, Jennifer Middleton argued on behalf of Professor Jennifer Freyd, a UO Psychology professor whose Department Head says she earns at least $40-50,000 less than she should make relative to the male Psychology professors. She is challenging a district court ruling that threw out her lawsuit because the judge found that professors in the same department, at the same rank, are not comparable for equal pay purposes. Middleton argued that the district court’s reasoning would take equal pay protections away from thousands of professional women workers.