Tennessee Sued For Discrimination, Retaliation

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Two University of Tennessee athletic department workers and one former department employee have filed a lawsuit indicating the university set up a "testosterone wall" that prevented female employees from earning equal pay.

The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee last week by Keith Stewart and Stacey Sisco on behalf of Tennessee associate director of sports medicine for women's basketball Jenny Moshak, associate strength and conditioning coach Heather Mason and former Lady Vols associate head strength and conditioning coach Collin Schlosser. They're suing the university for discrimination and retaliation.

The complaint alleges that Moshak, Mason and Schlosser performed similar tasks as the employees who held similar positions for men's athletic teams, but that they received less compensation either because of their gender or because of their association with women's teams. The complaint also says Schlosser lost his job and that Moshak and Mason were demoted and had their staff reduced in April after each filed a discrimination complaint.

They charge this represents a systemic bias against women's athletics at the university.

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