Law Office of Todd J. Krouner Sues “New York’s Christian College,” Nyack College, On Behalf of Softball Players For Former Coach’s Alleged Sexual Assault And Harassment

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On October 2, 2015, three female student athletes on the Nyack College women’s softball team filed complaints against Nyack College (Nyack, N.Y.) for claims stemming from alleged multiple instances of sexual assault and sexual harassment committed by the college’s former Head Softball Coach, Kurt Ludwigsen.

On October 2, 2015, three female student athletes on the Nyack College women’s softball team filed complaints in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (White Plains, N.Y.) against Nyack College (Nyack, N.Y.) for claims stemming from alleged multiple instances of sexual assault and sexual harassment committed by the college’s former Head Softball Coach, Kurt Ludwigsen. The cases are: K. Doe v. Ludwigsen, et al., No. 7:15-cv-07822 (S.D.N..); A. Doe v. Ludwigsen, et al., No. 7:15-cv-07825 (S.D.N.Y); E. Doe v. Ludwigsen, et al., No. 7:15-cv-07827 (S.D.N.Y).

The complaints allege that Ludwigsen’s conduct included routinely licking his players’ ears, kissing their lips and faces, slapping their buttocks, grabbing their breasts, directing them to sit on his lap, lying on top of them, commenting about their physical attributes, having sexually explicit conversations with them, inviting a pornographic actress to practice and directing students to life counseling sessions with her, directing an underage drinking outing where his players were instructed to dress in cocktail dresses and dance with male strangers and offering to assist players to attain employment in the adult entertainment industry.

The complaints further allege that Nyack College negligently hired and retained Ludwigsen in 2014.

The complaints allege that Ludwigsen engaged in a pattern and practice of sexual harassment and sexual assault while serving as Head Coach of the Nyack College women’s softball team during the 2014-2015 academic year. The complaints further allege that Nyack College, through its administration and athletic department, discriminated against the plaintiffs and members of the softball team on the basis of their gender, in violation of Title IX, 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681 et seq. (“Title IX”), and retaliated against the plaintiffs and members of the softball team, in violation of Title IX, when they complained about Ludwigsen’s conduct in connection with his female student athletes.

In addition to claims for sexual discrimination arising Title IX, the complaints also include allegations of battery, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress, negligent hiring, negligent supervision and negligent retention.

The complaints also name Ludwigsen as a defendant, as well as Nyack College President Michael G. Scales, Nyack College Vice President David C. Jennings, Nyack College Athletic Director Keith Davie, Nyack College Assistant Athletic Director Amanda Aikens and former Nyack College Head Softball Coach Kirsten Lambertson, who served as Assistant Softball Coach during Ludwigsen’s tenure as Head Softball Coach.

The plaintiffs are represented by the Law Office of Todd J. Krouner (Chappaqua, N.Y.). Mr. Krouner has experience representing victims of sexual harassment, sexual assault and discrimination in schools and workplaces throughout the New York City metropolitan area.

Copies of the complaints are available on krounerlaw.com. For further information, please contact the Law Office of Todd J. Krouner at (914) 238-5800.

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