Iowa Administrator Testifies Fired Coaches Often Gay

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A former University of Iowa athletic administrator says that during her tenure she became concerned after noticing female coaches who were fired often were gay and had become more open about their sexuality.

Jane Meyer testified Wednesday about Iowa coaches as her case continued in Des Moines, where jurors are considering her claim that she suffered workplace discrimination as a gay woman in a relationship with a Hawkeye coach. Meyer alleges the school also retaliated against her and paid her less than another deputy athletic director.

Meyer is seeking damages for pay and emotional distress.

Meyer testified she felt she’d been “tucked away” when decisions on retaining women’s coaches were made and that subpar facilities kept those coaches from succeeding at times.

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