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FGCU discrimination settlement unsettles athletics department

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Human Resources

Carl McAloose, the former Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) athletic director, said it only took him “about five seconds” to decide to resign after he heard the university had agreed to settle with Holly Vaughn, former women’s golf coach, and Jaye Flood, former women’s volleyball coach.

McAloose said he lost his “passion” for the job in light of the settlements.

The two coaches filed lawsuits claiming FGCU retaliated against them for raising concerns about gender discrimination in the athletics program. They claimed FGCU discriminated against women’s sports teams by providing inferior funding, marketing and facilities compared to men’s sports. They also alleged that women athletes and coaches were mistreated.

Vaughn, who resigned in September 2007, received $2.9 million in the settlement. Flood, who was fired in January, received $435,000. The university also paid $800,000 to a former university attorney, who claimed FGCU fired her in July 2007 for trying to investigate discrimination in the athletics department.

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