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Ex-SBU Coach Wins Claim of Retaliation
Anne Julians lawsuit alleged school fired
her for filing discrimination suit.
The Associated Press
The Springfield News-Leader
September 8, 2000
KANSAS CITY - A federal jury has sided with a former Southwest
Baptist University coach who claimed she was fired because she
sued the school.
"Its a happy day, but also a sad day,"
Anne Julian said Wednesday
after the jury announced its verdict in U.S. District Court in Kansas
Julian had sued the Bolivar school, claiming she was the victim
of sex discrimination and unequal treatment of womens teams.
Despite her joy over the verdict, Julian said she comes away from
the ordeal lessened in stature in the eyes of peers.
"Dr. (Pat) Taylor (university president) asked
me if I wanted
to hurt SBU. I didnt. I want to help SBU," she said.
The jurys decision on retaliation comes a day after Julians
claims of sex discrimination were dismissed by U.S. District
Judge Fernando Gaitan.
Julian, who now teaches and coaches in Kentucky, was awarded
$1,800 in lost wages for the three months it took her to find a job
after she was fired. The jury also directed Southwest Baptist to
pay her $75,000 for emotional anguish.
[Note: Julian's salary for coaching the SBU Woman's
Volleyball team was, according to this figure, about $600
The jury also found that Julian should be awarded attorney
fees; although, the total fees were not made available at
the time of the trial.]
Julian coached volleyball between 1996 and 1999 and softball
between 1996 and 1998. She claimed the university paid her
less than male coaches and provided inferior equipment,
facilities and budgets for the womens teams.
She also said she was fired in May 1999 because
she had filed
a sex discrimination lawsuit.
University administrators contend they treated Julians teams
as well as other sports team at Southwest Baptist. They said
they fired her because she mistreated her players [that she
did not take her players out to celebrate and eat after losses]
and that she did not act professionally [that she discussed the
litigation with students and others and was "uncooperative"
with the Athletics administration] .
Please see next:
Jury Sides with Former Coach in Suit Against Baptist School
Associated Baptist Press
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