June 4, 2001

Four protesters in workers' wages sit-in reprimanded by law school

By The Associated Press

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Harvard Law School has reprimanded four students who participated in a three-week sit-in to protest wages paid to Harvard workers.

The law school's Administrative Board took the action Friday following a 6 1/2-hour hearing attended by about 50 people, including dining hall workers, whose wages prompted the protest.

The reprimands will be placed on the students' transcripts and can be reported to the state Board of Bar Examiners, which could hurt their professional careers.

"I'm disappointed and surprised," said attorney John D. Fitzpatrick, who represented the students.

The four were the only law students among the three dozen Harvard students who staged the protest in the university president's office. The sit-in, which ended May 8, was held to demand a minimum "living wage" of $10.25 an hour for all Harvard workers.

The protesters and school officials reached a settlement that included the creation of a 20-member committee to make recommendations on the university's policies and employment practices for lower-paid workers.