Coach Sues UT for Discrimination After Forced Resignation

Issues of discrimination can sometimes lead to employment-related disputes, as in a current case involving the University of Texas. The ex-coach of the women's track and field team is alleging that she was forced to submit her resignation due to a hostile working environment.

According to reports, the woman was the only black coach at the University of Texas when she was placed on administrative leave in 2012. The school made this decision, it stated, based upon the discovery that the coach had been in a relationship with a student 10 years prior. However, the coach's legal team points out that white male instructors at the school have been caught in similar situations and have neither been fired nor forced to tender a resignation. The suit raised by the coach points out that there is one coach who married a student but still remained employed and that there is an administrator in the department in a long-term relationship with a subordinate.

Prior to the suspension that the coach faced, she had been offered a contract of $397,000 a year with scheduled raises. Her legal defense seeks to show that she was treated in a manner significantly different from the male coaches at the University of Texas, and as a consequence that she was unfairly discriminated against her due to both her gender and race. The school has responded that it will be looking through the allegations made in the suit and will be responding in a legal fashion. Not all employment discrimination cases are high-profile, but employment-related disputes happen all the time. An experienced attorney can make dealing with these crises a less dramatic affair.

Source: My San Antonio, "Ex-track coach Kearney files suit against UT," Mike Finger, Nov. 14, 2013