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Iowa athletic director accused of discriminating against women

A lawsuit accuses Iowa athletic director Gary Barta of unfairly removing female coaches and the top women’s sports administrator during a tenure marked by...
Gary Barta photo from University of Iowa Athletics website

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A lawsuit filed Monday, March 7, 2016, accuses Iowa athletic director Gary Barta of unfairly removing female coaches and the top women’s sports administrator during a tenure marked by gender bias.

The lawsuit by fired women’s field hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum asks a judge to order her reinstatement and to require the university to take steps to ensure female coaches are treated the same as their male counterparts.

It alleges that six female coaches and the department’s most powerful female administrator, Jane Meyer, have been forced out under Barta.

Barta has repeatedly denied gender discrimination claims, arguing that most of the female coaches were fired for poor records. He has said that he fired Griesbaum after some former players claimed she had verbally harassed and bullied them.