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Bioscientists suing Salk over sexism claims

Two female scientists have filed separate lawsuits against the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California over allegations of gender discrimination.

Vicki Lundblad and Katherine Jones are tenured researchers at the institute, and their lawsuits accuse their employer of shutting them out from funding opportunities and disparaging their work.

Jones, who has worked at the institute for 31 years, said in her lawsuit that her male colleagues had “hopelessly outdated chauvinistic mentalities”, and that the institute’s discriminatory practices were harming its scientific achievements. She also said that the institute had falsely claimed to support women in science to attract donations and other funding.

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