Former Mesa College Coach Awarded Damages

from the San Diego Union-Tribune

A San Diego Superior Court jury awarded former Mesa College women’s basketball coach Lorri Sulpizio $28,000 in damages after finding she had been retaliated against by the school for complaining about unequal treatment she perceived in its athletic facilities for women.

The $28,000 is equivalent to one year’s salary for Sulpizio, who sued Mesa in July 2008 citing violations of Title IX, the federal law that prohibits discrimination based on gender in federally funded education activities. Sulpizio was fired in 2007 after she made her complaints. She said no reason was given at the time for her dismissal.

“I’m really happy about it,” Sulpizio said. “We’ve been working on this for a long time. I’ve been committed to Title IX for a long time. I’m very pleased.”

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