A race and gender discrimination lawsuit filed against the University of Texas by former women’s track coach Bev Kearney will go ahead (USA)
A race and gender discrimination lawsuit filed against the University of Texas by former women’s track coach Bev Kearney can proceed, a state appeals court ruled Tuesday.
Kearney resigned under pressure of being fired in January 2013 after school officials confronted her about a relationship with one of her athletes a decade earlier.
Kearney sued, arguing that as a black woman she was held to a tougher standard than a white male coach. Shortly after Kearney resigned, Texas revealed that former assistant football coach Major Applewhite was reprimanded, but not fired, for a relationship with a female student trainer on a 2009 bowl trip.
Applewhite was later promoted and given pay raises. He stayed on the Texas staff until head coach Mack Brown was forced out after the 2013 season. Applewhite is now the offensive coordinator at the University of Houston.
Texas officials had asked the Third Court of Appeals in Austin to dismiss Kearney’s lawsuit. The three-judge panel agreed to toss out her claims that she was fired in retaliation for complaining of alleged abusive behavior by colleagues and administrators, but allowed the discrimination claims to proceed.
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