Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Coach Sues University of Minnesota to Challenge Anti-gay Discrimination

Last week, former University of Minnesota women's golf coach Katie Brenny reportedly filed suit against the university and officials, arguing that she was forced to resign by anti-gay hostility in the athletic department. Brenny charges that the university violates the state of Minnesota's Human Rights Law, which unlike Title IX, covers discrimination on the basis of sex and sexual orientation. Brenny alleges that though she was hired as associate head coach of the women's golf team, she was never permitted to carry out coaching duties, as she reassigned to administrative duties soon after arriving at the University, while the someone else took over the team. The University denies that it discriminated against Brenny, while Brenny argues that she is entitled to compensation for lost wages and the expense of finding another job, as well as humiliation, embarrassment, and distress.