Jackson State University Accused Of Retaliation By Former Women's Basketball Coach

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The law firm of Louis H. Watson, Jr., P.A. has confirmed that a retaliation lawsuit has been filed against Jackson State University by its former women's basketball coach.

From the evidence we have seen so far, it appears that Jackson State University retaliated against Mrs. Taylor because it was concerned its disparate treatment of the women's basketball program would come to light.

The law firm of Louis H. Watson, Jr., P.A. has confirmed that it has filed a retaliation lawsuit against Jackson State University ("JSU") by its former women's basketball coach, who was one the first eight coaches of the Women’s National Basketball Association (“WNBA”) in its inaugural season.

Court documents allege that Denise Taylor filed a retaliation lawsuit pursuant to Title VII and Title IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on January 24, 2012. According to the complaint, Denise Taylor began her career as the women's basketball coach at JSU in 2001. On March 29, 2011, Mrs. Taylor met with Adrienne Sweeney, who was the Senior Women's Administrator at JSU, to complain about unfair treatment, recruiting, and budgets of the women's basketball team that was based on sex. According to the complaint, on March 30, 2011, Mrs. Taylor also complained of the sex discrimination to Robert Walker, who was the interim athletic director at JSU, and Dr. Caroly Meyers, who is the President of JSU. A few days later, Dr. Carolyn Meyers sent Ella Holmes to conduct an audit of the women's basketball program to find a reason to terminate Mrs. Taylor.    On April 8, 2011, JSU placed Mrs. Taylor on administrative leave citing misconduct, which Mrs. Taylor has denied. On May 20, 2011, JSU informed Mrs. Taylor that it intended to terminate her.

Plaintiff's counsel Nick Norris stated, "From the evidence we have seen so far, it appears that Jackson State University retaliated against Mrs. Taylor because it was concerned its disparate treatment of the women's basketball program would come to light."

The case is currently pending the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi. The case is Denise Taylor v. Jackson State University, Civil Action No.3:12-CV51-HTW-LRA.

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