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University of Texas resignation may constitute discrimination

No institute of higher education wants to be accused in the press of discrimination, but that's what has happened for the University of Texas. There, the forced resignation of a beloved and winning track coach has many people up in arms and claiming discrimination. Many people are saying that if she had been a male coach, she would still be holding her job.

The coach was reportedly well-regarded at the Texas institution. She led her track athletes to half-a-dozen national championships. Yet a relationship she had with a female student athlete more than 10 years prior to her being pressured to resign from the school was apparently the impetus for her suddenly losing her status -- and her reputation -- among her peers and University of Texas higher-ups. She leaves behind a record of track successes that helped put the University of Texas on the map.

The relationship in question was reputedly consensual, and the student athlete was legally an adult at the time. Why the student athlete decided to bring the relationship to light in Oct. 2012 is unknown. At that time, the coach was set to receive an increase in her annual salary. Instead, by Nov. 2012, the coach had been suspended with pay.

The coach was allegedly pressured by University of Texas representatives to leave her post after the affair came to light. On Jan. 5, 2013, she did just that, resigning rather than being fired by the school. Although the coach has stated she is remorseful about the relationship, which according to University of Texas regulations should have been reported to supervisors, she has filed a discrimination complaint against her former employer. No movement on the case is expected until Oct. 2013.

Source: The Austin Chronicle, Then There's This: Double Standard: UT Football losses recall successes of ousted track coach Kearney, Amy Smith, Sept. 20, 2013

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