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TSU must play defense against suit by former basketball coach

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Employment Law,Human Resources

Surina Dixon, former women’s basketball coach at Texas Southern University, has filed a gender discrimination and retaliation lawsuit against the school, alleging that it violated Title VII by paying her half of what it paid the coach of the men’s team.

Dixon says she was offered a one-year contract that would pay her $75,000 yearly, while Tony Harvey, the men’s head coach, had a five-year deal worth $150,000 a year.

Dixon was fired as coach in 2008, just three months after then-Athletic Director Johnnie Cole hired her.

In March, the U.S. Department of Justice gave Dixon the go-ahead to sue. She stated in her lawsuit that she “brings this action against TSU for gender discrimination and retaliating against her after she complained about gender discrimination and advocating for gender equity in TSU’s athletic department.”

Dixon is seeking back pay and either reinstatement or monetary damages.

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