Iowa to pay $6.5M to set­tle land­mark sports bias law­suits

Cape Breton Post - - Sports -

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The Univer­sity of Iowa will pay $6.5 mil­lion to set­tle discrimination law­suits filed by for­mer ath­letic ad­min­is­tra­tor Jane Meyer and her part­ner, for­mer women’s field hockey coach Tracey Gries­baum. The school agreed in set­tle­ments re­leased Fri­day to pay Meyer $2.33 mil­lion, Gries­baum $1.49 mil­lion and $2.68 mil­lion to the Des Moines law firm that rep­re­sented them.

Jurors this month found that school of­fi­cials dis­crim­i­nated against Meyer based on her gen­der and sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion, re­tal­i­ated against her for speak­ing out and paid her less than a male coun­ter­part. They awarded $1.45 mil­lion in dam­ages in what ad­vo­cates for women in col­lege ath­let­ics called a land­mark ver­dict.

The set­tle­ment avoids a June trial in a law­suit brought by Gries­baum, whose 2014 fir­ing by ath­letic di­rec­tor Gary Barta was cen­tre to both cases.

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