Friday, July 16, 2010

Clark College Ex-Coach Awarded $545,000 in Retaliation Case

Another coach has won damages in a Title IX retaliation case. Trev Kiser, formerly the women's basketball coach at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington, was awarded a $545,000 verdict (plus attorneys fees) in a case that claimed he was wrongfully terminated in retaliation for complaining about inequitable treatment of the women's basketball team.

In 2008, we blogged about the appellate court decision that reinstated his case after determining that Kiser had presented enough evidence of the athletic director's retaliatory motive to cast doubt on the college's argument that Kiser had been fired for mismanaging funds. (Apparently, there was little dispute that the AD actually threatened to fire him if he didn't stop making Title IX complaints.)

The award included $180,000 for back pay, $150,000 in lost future earnings, and $215,000 for emotional distress.