Former Coach Wins Title IX Retaliation Claim

December 4, 2009

A California jury has awarded $28,000, the equivalent of one year's salary, to Lorri Sulpizio, the former head coach of the women’s basketball team at San Diego Mesa College, after finding that the college had retaliated against Sulpizio when she complained about inadequate support for women's athletics. The National Center for Lesbian Rights, which represented Sulpizio, issued a statement declaring the win to be a "landmark" decision. But the jury rejected other claims by Sulpizio, including that she was dismissed shortly after the college found out that she is a lesbian. A spokesman for the San Diego Community College District, of which Mesa is a part, noted that Sulpizio sued for 10 times what she was awarded.

+ -

Expand commentsHide comments  —   Join the conversation!

Opinions on Inside Higher Ed

Inside Higher Ed’s Blog U

Back to Top