Three former employees of Feather River College (Quincy, California) pressed their Title IX retaliation claims at a two-week hearing before the California State Personnel Board earlier this month. The agency will hear the College's defense in November.
Michelle Jaureguito, the former Upward Bound director, and Paul Thein, the vice president for students services/athletic director allege that they were retaliated against for turning in an Upward Bound program staff member who sexually assaulted several female students. The staff member in question is the son of a prominent FRC professor.
Laurel Wartluft, the head women's basketball coach, and Thein both allege that they were retaliated against for reporting inequitable treatment of the women's basketball program, including the President's decision to reduce the head coach position to part time. Wartluft, who was the interim head coach when she applied for the head coach position, reports that the search committee selected a male applicant with no collegiate coaching experience rather than vote to offer her the job. (Perhaps the comments of committee members -- including the committee's designated EEOC coordinator -- referring to Wartluft as a "closet lesbian" explain this result). But when Thein hired her anyway, the President apparently retaliated by changing the coaching position from a faculty tenure status to part-time with no job security.
California NOW supports the plaintiffs' cases and has posted a detailed synopsis of the case. Thein's and Juareguito's cases are also pending in federal court, see Thein v. Feather River Community College, Slip Copy, 2007 WL 926568 (E.D.Cal. Mar. 27, 2007) (scheduling order). Wartluft has a state court case pending.