Female Athletes File Title IX Gender Discrimination Class Action Against San Diego State University For Depriving Women Of Equal Athletic Financial Aid


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Oakland, Calif., February 07, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — For Immediate Release – February 7, 2022

For more information contact:

Justin May, Bailey & Glasser, LLP, (920) 450-1974, [email protected]

Arthur Bryant, Bailey & Glasser, LLP, (510) 507-9972, [email protected]

Holly Amaya, Haeggquist & Eck, LLP, (619) 573-7224, [email protected]

Seventeen female varsity athletes today filed a sex discrimination class action lawsuit against San Diego State University (SDSU) for violating Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 by depriving women of a equal sports financial assistance. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, seeks to compel SDSU to pay its past and current female athletes more than $1.2 million in equal athletic financial assistance that they were denied – and male athletes have been granted – in the past two years. alone, as well as the money they are illegally deprived of this year. He also asks the court to order SDSU to comply with Title IX and provide equal athletic financial assistance in the future.

Title IX, a civil rights law, prohibits gender discrimination in all educational institutions that receive federal funds. It requires schools to provide athletic financial assistance to male and female athletes in dollars commensurate with their athletic participation rates. Thus, if 60% of the athletes are women, they are supposed to receive nearly 60% of the athletic financial aid granted. The class action lawsuit is the first Title IX sports financial assistance damages case in the nation.

“San Diego State University is in blatant violation of Title IX by denying its female student-athletes equal athletic financial assistance for more than a decade,” Arthur H. Bryant, of Bailey Glasser, LLP, said at Oakland, Calif., Women’s Senior Advocate. “Reports it has filed with the federal government show that, since at least 2010, SDSU has defrauded its female athletes out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in equal athletic financial assistance each year. This is illegal sex discrimination, plain and simple. It has to stop. »

“It is a sad day for the entire SDSU community that we have to sue the university for compliance with Title IX and providing equitable athletic financial aid to women and men,” said Madison Fisk, senior member and former varsity women’s rowing team. “Title IX has been the law for 50 years now and SDSU still does not provide its female athletes with equal scholarship support. It is time for that to change.

In addition to Fisk, the lawsuit was filed by past and current SDSU student-athletes Raquel Castro, Greta Fiss, Clare Botterill, Maya Brosch, Olivia Petrine, Helen Bauer, Carina Clark, Natalie Figueroa, Erica Grotegeer, Kaitlin Heri, Aisha Watt, Kamryn Whitworth, Sara Absten, Eleanor Davies, Alexa Dietz and Larisa Sulcs.

“We are proud to support this remarkable group of award-winning student-athletes as they courageously raise their voices to hold SDSU accountable for intentional gender discrimination,” said Jenna Rangel of San Diego law firm Haeggquist & Eck, LLP. “This injustice must be corrected, not only for women who have been denied their fair share of athletic financial aid in the past, but for future generations of female college athletes.”

In addition to Bryant and Rangel, the women are represented by Lori Bullock of Bailey Glasser in Des Moines, IA, and Cary Joshi and Joshua Hammack in Washington, DC, as well as co-lawyer Amber Eck of Haeggquist & Eck, LLP and Gayle Blatt. of Casey Gerry in San Diego.

The lawsuit cites in detail information that SDSU submitted to the federal government under the Athletics Equity Disclosure Act (“EADA”) and verified as accurate. In 2019-20, according to this information, women made up 58.12% of female student-athletes and received only 50.57% of sports financial aid. SDSU awarded its 315 female varsity student-athletes more than $690,000 less — and its male varsity student-athletes more than $690,000 more — than they would have received had SDSU granted the aid. in proportion to the number of students of each gender participating in intercollegiate athletics.

In 2020-21, women made up 57.22% of student-athletes and received only 50.64% of athletic financial aid. SDSU awarded its 305 female varsity student-athletes more than $570,000 less — and its male varsity student-athletes more than $570,000 more — than they would have received had SDSU granted the aid. in proportion to the number of students of each gender participating in intercollegiate athletics.

A similar or greater uneven and disproportionate allocation of athletic financial aid to SDSU varsity female student-athletes continues to this day.

The SDSU lawsuit is the latest in Bryant’s legal career fighting gender discrimination in athletics. Bryant has successfully represented more female athletes and potential athletes in Title IX litigation against schools and universities than any attorney in the country. He leads the Bailey Glasser Title IX team that recently won groundbreaking deals for female student-athletes at eight universities that announced they were eliminating women’s varsity athletic teams, including Brown University, College of William & Mary, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, East Carolina University, Dartmouth College, University of St. Thomas, La Salle University and Dickinson College. Bailey Glasser also won a historic settlement – the first Title IX win ever by male student-athletes – with Clemson University after the school became the first to be hit with class action lawsuits by of his male and female student-athletes for violating Title IX by discriminating against them. in different ways.

To see the complaint filed by the women of SDSU, click here.

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