Bailey & Glasser, LLP partner and Title IX team leader Arthur Bryant was quoted in today’s Sportico article, “SDSU’s Final Four Glory, Title IX Quandary Take Competing Courts.” The article examines the overwhelming excitement of the San Diego State men’s basketball team reaching the Final Four this year for the first time in school history, while simultaneously highlighting the contrasting experience for female athletes “on the pumpkin side of the university’s athletic fairytale.”
In early 2022, Bailey Glasser’s Title IX team representing 17 women athletes filed a sex discrimination class action lawsuit against SDSU for violating Title IX laws. The suit charges SDSU with depriving women of more than $1.2 million in “equal athletic financial aid” over the course of two academic years, depriving them of equal treatment, and retaliating against them for standing up for their rights. According to Sportico, “the men’s basketball Final Four bid has already netted SDSU an extra $500,000 in future NCAA Tournament distributions.” Yet, as Bryant points out, “SDSU is clearly treating its male athletes better than its female athletes… which violates Title IX.” Bryant adds that “SDSU’s men and women all deserve the same shot at that one shining moment.”
The plaintiffs are represented by Bailey Glasser’s Arthur Bryant, Lori Bullock in Des Moines, IA, and Cary Joshi and Joshua Hammack in Washington, DC, along with co-counsel Jenna Rangel and Amber Eck of Haeggquist & Eck, LLP, and David S. Casey, Jr., and Gayle Blatt of Casey Gerry in San Diego.
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