MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A former University of Minnesota women’s golf coach was discriminated against because she’s a lesbian and is entitled to nearly $360,000, a Hennepin County judge ruled Tuesday.
Judge Thomas Sipkins found that former coach Kathryn Brenny is entitled to double her back pay and compensation for mental anguish - in all, $359,588, plus attorneys’ fees, the St. Paul Pioneer Press (http://bit.ly/1p9c0ZL) reported.
Brenny, who spent less than two months as the university’s women’s golf coach, originally named Harris as a defendant, along with the university, but in May 2012, the Minnesota Court of Appeals dismissed the claim against him.
The university says it’s disappointed and will review the findings.
The ruling comes four months after a nine-day trial before Sipkins with no jury.
The judge found that university officials, including then-athletic director Joel Maturi, “consistently deferred to Mr. Harris’s wishes” and “this deference permitted Mr. Harris’s conduct toward, and treatment of, Ms. Brenny and led to the adverse employment actions which he took against her.”
Donald Chance Mark Jr., the attorney who represented Brenny, said he and his client were “absolutely gratified” with the ruling.
“We feel it is a complete vindication for what Katie has been saying all along about her treatment at the university,” he said.
Brenny now works for the U.S. Golf Association in New York.
Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com