New LAF Case Challenges Gender Discrimination at the University of Tennessee
We’re proud to announce LAF support for a new case, Moshak v. University of Tennessee. The lawsuit was filed in 2012 by Jennifer Moshak, Heather Mason, and Collin Schlosser, former employees of the University of Tennessee’s women’s athletic department. The plaintiffs allege sex discrimination and unlawful retaliation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and the Equal Pay Act of 1963. They claim that they were unlawfully discriminated against and eventually forced out of their positions during a university-led merger of the women’s and men’s athletic departments.
Schlosser and Mason argue in part that they were fired by the university after making internal complaints alleging unequal pay between the women’s and men’s athletic departments. Moshak claims that she was demoted, marginalized in the department, and then forced to retire. The plaintiffs also say that during the merger the vast majority — 86 percent — of terminated employees were either women or were men in the women’s athletic department.