Ex-L.A. City College Baseball Coach awarded $1.2 Million in Retaliatory Firing by Los Angeles Community College District

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A former Los Angeles City College Head Baseball Coach and Adjunct Instructor at Los Angeles City College (LACC) and Southwest College was awarded $1.12 million Thursday by a Los Angeles Superior Court jury that found he was retaliated against and fired for reporting fraud and other wrongdoing, by school officials. The jury also found that the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) failed to prevent retaliation against Coach Selwyn Young.

“I’m guilty of one thing, telling the truth. Evil prevails when good men stand and do nothing,” Coach Young said. "I'm extremely pleased with the verdict," attorney Louis J. Cohen, of Agoura Hills, California said.

Ex-L.A. City College Baseball Coach awarded $1.2 Million in Retaliatory Firing by Los Angeles Community College District

A former Los Angeles City College Head Baseball Coach and Adjunct Instructor at Los Angeles City College (LACC) and Southwest College was awarded $1.12 million Thursday by a Los Angeles Superior Court jury that found he was retaliated against and fired for reporting fraud and other wrongdoing, by school officials. The jury also found that the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) failed to prevent retaliation against Coach Selwyn Young. Young’s boss, Athletic Director and Head Basketball Coach Michael Miller used the computer password “hailhitler” according to witnesses.

The jury agreed with Coach Young that he was fired for blowing the whistle and reporting academic fraud at LACC as well as the misuse of educational funds, including financial aid. Coach Young reported that Miller gave “no show” coaching assignments worth thousands of dollars to his associates, lied to get in-state tuition reductions for out-of-state athletes, and arranged for students to be given credit for classes they failed or never even attended.

“I’m guilty of one thing, telling the truth. Evil prevails when good men stand and do nothing,” Coach Young said.

"I'm extremely pleased with the verdict," attorney Louis J. Cohen, of Agoura Hills, said on behalf of Young, adding that the trial demonstrated numerous examples of corruption at Los Angeles City College and at LACCD. Coach Young was not present for the verdict because he is working at his new job coaching the baseball team at Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina.

Coach Young was hired in February 2006 and fired without the required approval of then President Dr. Steve Maradian. After complaining about the misuse of funds to the Board of Trustees of the LACCD in September 2007 Coach Young was reinstated on September 20, 2007 only to be fired as Head Baseball Coach again two weeks later. His last teaching assignments at LACC and Southwest College were taken away in December 2007. He maintained that, unlike Caucasian coaches in other sports, he could not select his paid assistant coaches during the 2007 season and Miller hired a relative of his and Daniel Cowgill as no-show assistant coaches for Young’s teams. Ramsey did errands for Miller, while billing the school for his time. Cowgill told another coach that he went to games "to collect a check," according to Young's court papers.

Selwyn Young v. Los Angeles Community College District, et al., Case No. BC 396785.

Contact: Louis J. Cohen, attorney for Coach Young
Office (818) 889-5777
Mobile Phone (818) 203-6009
Email: louiscohen(at)msn(dot)com

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