Law & Policy: Contract Law
Iowa's Treatment of Gay Administrator on Trial Today
by Paul Steinbach April 2017
Former University of Iowa senior associate athletic director Jane Meyer, who claims the university discriminated against her because of her sexual orientation and her willingness to fight gender bias in the athletic department, gets her day in Polk County court today. In actuality, the trial — which will likely hear testimony from Iowa athletic director Gary Barta, board of regents president Bruce Rastetter, football coach Kirk Ferentz, and Big 12 Conference commissioner and former UI athletic director Bob Bowlsby — is expected to last weeks, with much of the college sports world focused on its outcome.
Meyer saw her position at the university eliminated in September 9, 2016. According to the Associated Press, she claims it was the latest act of retaliation for her defense of Tracey Griesbaum, a field hockey coach who was fired in 2014 and with whom Meyer had a decade-long relationship. Griesbaum was fired after complaints over harsh treatment of her players. Meyer, Iowa's senior women's administrator at the time, chastised Barta, who announced before the end of that year that Meyer would be transferred outside the athletic department, claiming that her insubordination made it impossible to run the department. He also claimed that Meyer hadn't disclosed her relationship with Griesbaum, and that it represented a conflict of interest.
Meyer's lawyers counter that she was transferred a day after she handed Barta a memo about alleged department bias, including his termination of other lesbian coaches.
Even before she was transferred, Barta created a position of deputy athletic director, which included some of Meyer's duties, and hired Gene Taylor at a salary of $245,000. At the time she was laid off, Meyer had spent 13 years at Iowa and was earning an annual salary of $176,617. Now 57, she argues the disparity amounts to an equal pay violation.
CSU Investigation Details Coach's Abusive Behavior
by Courtney Cameron February 2017
Colorado State University has released a 90-page report detailing an investigation into the atmosphere among the men’s basketball team and administration under head coach Larry Eustachy.
Assault Case Triggers Court Arguments over Arbitration Clause
by John Wolohan and Eric Centner January 2017
Arbitration clauses are intended to keep parties bound by contract out of court by requiring that all contract disputes be settled by arbitration. The benefits of such clauses are that arbitration is usually much faster and cheaper, and the outcome is confidential, all of which has led to arbitration clauses creeping into more types of contracts — especially employment contracts. A good example from the sports and recreation industry of how the courts treat arbitration clauses is the case of Amateur Athletic Union v. Augustus Bray, 2016 Tex. App. LEXIS 7044.
Wilson Out at Indiana After Player Mistreatment Claims
by Courtney Cameron December 2016
Athletic director Fred Glass of Indiana University announced in a press conference Thursday that six-year Hoosiers head coach Kevin Wilson has resigned.
Ex-SDSU Women’s Coach Wins Wrongful Termination Suit
by Courtney Cameron September 2016
After a three-year legal battle and four weeks on trial, former San Diego State women’s basketball coach Beth Burns was awarded $1.35 million for past and future economic losses and $2 million for punitive damages by the San Diego Superior Court for wrongful termination.
Gross Negligence, Waiver Validity at Issue in Treadmill Injury Case
by John Wolohan February 2016
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St. Louis Season Ticket Holders Sue Rams for $50M
by Jason Scott February 2016
A month after NFL owners approved Rams owner Stan Kroenke’s plan to relocate the team to Los Angeles, jilted fans in St. Louis are calling for their money back.
Judge Rules Against Parks and Rec Employees in Lawsuit
by Emily Attwood August 2015
A Shawnee County, Kan., judge has ruled in favor of the city of Topeka in a lawsuit filed by 10 former parks and recreation employees. The lawsuit was filed in May 2012 by the 10 employees following the merger of the city’s parks and recreation department with the county of Shawnee’s parks and recreation department. The case was brought before Shawnee County District Judge Rebecca W. Crotty in April and a verdict issued last week.
Calif. Bill Would Pay Pro Cheerleaders Minimum Wage
by Laura Godlewski July 2015
Cheerleaders for professional teams in California might soon receive minimum wage as well as overtime and sick leave if the governor signs a bill that has already been approved by the state Senate.
Ex-NFL Players Object to $765M Concussion Settlement
by Stuart Goldman April 2015
Several former National Football League players have objected to the terms of a $765 million settlement in a class action lawsuit over concussions and brain damage.