Friday, July 23, 2010
Ind. Courts - Still more on: "IHSAA faces Title IX lawsuit over scheduling: Former coach claims inequity in nights girls and boys basketball games are played"
Tammy Hurley filed a Title IX lawsuit in federal district court in Indianapolis on Monday on behalf of her daughter against Franklin High School, its girls basketball opponents and the Indiana High School Athletic Association, Hurley's lawyer, William R. Groth said.
Title IX is the 1972 federal statute that prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender by institutions that receive federal money. The suit challenges the scheduling differences between boys and girls basketball teams, with boys playing more games Friday and Saturday nights and girls more weekday evening games.
Former Franklin coach Amber Parker previously had filed a similar suit, but her husband, Jason Parker, is being transferred to Massachusetts, which likely will end her Title IX case.
"(This) would prevent the Title IX claims from becoming moot when Amber and her family moves to Massachusetts as there would continue to be a live controversy involving the Hurley daughter over the gender-based discriminatory scheduling as she will be a junior this year and plans, again, to play girls varsity basketball," Groth said in an e-mail.
Hurley's case has been assigned to Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson, but Groth requested it be consolidated with the Parker suit, which is being presided over by Judge William Lawrence. A summary judgment decision is expected within the next four months.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on July 23, 2010 11:31 AM
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