Bailey Glasser’s Title IX team obtained a hard-fought pretrial victory in the precedent-setting lawsuit against San Diego State University for discriminating against its female student-athletes. Late Friday afternoon, September 15, 2023, a U.S. District Court judge issued a decision on SDSU’s motion to dismiss, holding that all 17 women suing SDSU can seek damages for being deprived of equal athletic financial aid.
“This is a huge victory for the women athletes and everyone who cares about stopping sex discrimination at SDSU and nationwide,” said Arthur Bryant, Bailey Glasser partner and Title IX team leader. “The school has cheated its female student-athletes out of millions of dollars of equal athletic financial aid in the past few years alone—and it still hasn’t changed its ways.”
The court’s ruling on Friday also rejected SDSU’s argument that, because the case had already taken so long that the women are no longer student-athletes, they could not seek a court order stopping the school from discriminating in the future.
“This critical ruling confirms what we’ve said all along—these brave women deserve their day in court to hold SDSU accountable for its past discriminatory behavior and to prevent it from engaging in discriminatory behavior in the future,” said Bailey Glasser partner Joshua Hammack.
The women are also represented by Bailey Glasser partners Lori Bullock and Cary Joshi, along with co-counsel Amber Eck and Jenna Rangel of Haeggquist & Eck, LLP, and David S. Casey, Jr. and Gayle Blatt of Casey Gerry.
Read the full press release and court order here.
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