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Test Your HR Legal Knowledge: Race Discrimination

test-your-hr-legal-knowledge-CUPA-HRAre you an HR legal expert? Here’s a real court case to help test your HR legal knowledge. Review the facts of the case, tell us which side you think prevailed, and find out if you’re right!

The Case: College Tennis Coach Race Discrimination Claim — Minnis v. Bd of Supervisors of Louisiana State University (MD La.,No 3:13-CV-00005, 12/4/13)

The Facts:

  • Plaintiff was African American and had coached the university’s women’s tennis team for 21 years before he was fired in 2012
  • Plaintiff claimed he was the lowest paid coach at the school, while white coaches of similar sports teams at the university earned up to $30,000 a year more
  • Plaintiff claimed he was “ridiculed” and threatened with termination in response to his various oral and written complaints of discrimination
  • Plaintiff claimed he was given “needs improvement” performance reviews because of his complaints of discrimination
  • Defendant refused to give a reason for firing him, according to plaintiff, and later replaced him with a white woman who had only three years prior experience as an assistant coach

The Question: Is the former coach entitled to discover all performance reviews and all records of any NCAA rules violations by university coaches in a number of smaller men’s and women’s sports including men’s tennis, track, softball, golf, gymnastics and swimming, dating back five years?

Yes No

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