Friday, January 27, 2012
Retaliation Case Filed Against Jackson State
Denise Taylor, former women's basketball coach at Jackson State University, has reportedly filed a retaliation suit against the university in federal court. Her suit alleges that she was terminated with two years left on her contract in retaliation for threatening to file a Title IX complaint after she was denied the opportunity to attend the convention of the Women's Basketball Association. The university's stated reason for terminating Taylor's contract including "sexual gender stereotyping, verbal abuse and misappropriation of funds." As litigation proceeds, it will be Taylor's burden as the plaintiff to prove that the university's reasons are pretext, and that the real reason she was terminated was retaliation for threatening to file a gender equity complaint.