Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Minnesota Women's Golf Coach Accuses University of Sexual Orientation-based Discrimination

As the debate on gay rights and gay marriages heats up across the country, California discrimination lawyers are also coming across more instances of homosexual men and women coming forward to sue institutions they believe adopt discriminatory practices against them based on their sexual orientation. In the latest such instance, Katie Brenny, the former associate women's golf coach at the University of Minnesota has filed a lawsuit against the university, saying that she was discriminated against because she was a lesbian. Her lawsuit which has been filed in Minneapolis seeks in excess of $50,000.

The lawsuit specifically mentions the director of golf at the university, John Harris. According to Brenny, the discrimination began as soon as she arrived at the university to take up a position as an associate golf coach. She says that, right from the moment she landed, she was not allowed to begin her duties, and was not given an opportunity to coach the team. She was not allowed to travel with the team to the tournaments that had been scheduled that fall. She was restricted to a maximum of one e-mail a day to her team members, and was forbidden from helping golfers with their swing practice.

She claims the working environment became increasingly hostile toward her, to the extent that she could not perform them in the limited duties that were assigned to her. It was only later that she found out that she was being discriminated against because of her sexual orientation. Soon after the discrimination started, Brenny was handed over a renewed job description that would now have her becoming a “coordinator” with the team. Under the new job description, her responsibilities would now include updating the team's Facebook page and website. Needless to say, it was a far cry from the assistant coaching job that she had signed up for.

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