pepperdineTwo women who received full scholarships to play basketball at Pepperdine University are now suing the school for discrimination.  The two claim that the head basketball coach informed them that lesbianism wasn’t tolerated at the university.

The couple claims that they were targeted because of their relationship and that they were harassed and treated unfairly.  The University and the team’s head coach are both named defendants in the lawsuit.

Representatives from the University have stated that there was a thorough investigation on the matter and that no evidence of any discrimination against either girl was found.  The University maintains innocence in the matter and claim that they remain committed to offering a fair, open and discrimination free environment for staff and students.

At the present time this case appears to be a “he said, she said” scenario, which doesn’t necessarily bode well for the students.  Their legal team will likely have to work diligently to find witnesses who can corroborate the story or other evidence that will confirm the coach’s guilt.

If this story is true, Pepperdine could be in for quite a bit of bad publicity in addition to having to pay a hefty sum to the victims.  Coaches, staff and representatives cannot, under any circumstances, discriminate against students or student athletes.

If you feel as though a boss, a coach or another authority figure has singled you out and discriminated against you because of your gender, your race or your sexual preference you should reach out to a lawyer immediately.  An experienced civil right attorney will review your story and dig deep to find the critical information necessary to build a strong case.  If there is evidence of discrimination your attorney will work to make sure that your rights are upheld and fight to get you any settlement you may be entitled to as a result of your suffering.

Sexual orientation discrimination is illegal and prohibited by both California and federal laws. The California Fair Employment and Housing Act makes it unlawful for any employer with over 5 employees to discriminate against an employee based on an unlawful reason, such as race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, language, or any other protected reason. California law is broader than federal law on this point, as there is no law under Title VII that provides protection for discrimination based on the actual or perceived sexual orientation of employees.

Individuals who succeed in bringing religious discrimination claims are entitled to back-pay, compensatory damages, and attorneys’ fees.

AXIS Legal Counsel is an employment law firm representing clients  in numerous kinds of lawsuits and disputes involving some of the nation’s largest employers. Whether it is sexual harassment, other kinds of harassment, discrimination, medical/disability discrimination, retaliation, hostile work environment, wage/hour, workplace bullying, or other claims, AXIS Legal Counsel is experienced in the field of employment and labor law and focused on providing high-quality legal service.  AXIS’s managing attorney, Rabeh M. A. Soofi, is recognized as one of the “Top Women Lawyers in Southern California” by SuperLawyers Rising Stars, and is a Los Angeles Employment Attorney with experience representing numerous employees with a wide variety of employment claims.

For information on retaining AXIS Legal Counsel for any employment matter, contact info@axislegalca.com or call (213) 403-0130 for a confidential consultation, or visit our Employee’ Rights Practice Area, or Individual Rights Portal. AXIS is a Los Angeles, California employment law firm serving employees all over Los Angeles and California.

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