University Pays $1.3m Settling Sexual Discrimination Suit




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The of Connecticut said will pay a group of almost $1.3 million to settle a sex discrimination suit filed last year that led to a hearing the state legislature. The five current and former female said that the college violated Title IX, the U.S. law that bars gender discrimination , how responded to sexual assaults campus, according to a settlement document released by the school and the ’ attorney, Gloria Allred. across the U.S. have filed federal complaints and lawsuits, alleging that their colleges and universities have responded improperly to campus rapes and sexual assaults. UConn admitted wrongdoing in the settlement, saying entered the agreement to avoid expenses and the inconvenience of litigation. “I hope this resolution will help the find closure this issue,” UConn Board Chairman Larry McHugh said in a the school website. “We have the utmost compassion for all victims of sexual assault, and above all, it’s important that all our students, their families and the state of Connecticut know that UConn is absolutely committed to sexual on its campuses.” The said that UConn Susan Herbst questioned their motives for speaking out about the issue. of the said she was kicked off the hockey team after she said she was raped by a of the men’s hockey team.

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November, who filed the lawsuit testified before state lawmakers campus sexual assault. UConn acknowledged that the women played a role “inspiring” campus discussion and new aimed at addressing sexual assault. The school has created a position to coordinate support for crime victims, formed a Special Victims Unit the campus department and increased for students and employees, including managers. The suit, originally filed by four plaintiffs and later joined by a fifth, demanded that UConn revise its policies to conform to Title IX, and asked for compensatory damages for emotional distress. The plaintiffs received varying amounts ranging from $25,000 to $900,000. Allred, an attorney with Allred Maroko & Goldberg in Los Angeles, has represented numerous women who have filed lawsuits against their colleges over sexual assault policies and practices. (Bloomberg)

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