Jane Meyer, a former University of Iowa athletic administrator, was awarded $1.4 million in damages from a jury Thursday to bring her weeks-long discrimination trial to an end.
Meyer sued the university for gender and sexual orientation discrimination. As reported by Luke Meredith of the Associated Press on Thursday, the eight-person jury ruled in Meyer’s favor for all five counts: gender discrimination, sexual-orientation discrimination, retaliation, an equal pay violation and a whistleblower violation.
Meyer argued that the school discriminated against her as a gay woman through retaliation after she complained about the firing of field hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum. Meyer and Griesbaum were in a relationship at the time. Meyer also alleged she was paid less than a male counterpart for similar work.
Hawkeyes football coach Kirk Ferentz was among those to testify in the case.
“The university is disappointed by the jury’s decision,” Iowa assistant vice president for external relations Jeneane Beck said in a statement to Land of 10.
Chad Lesistikow of the Des Moines Register reported later Thursday that Meyer is planning on suing Iowa again.
Meyer's attorneys aren't done with the UI. Planning to sue for $2M more and an investigation into the athletic department.
— Chad Leistikow (@ChadLeistikow) May 4, 2017
The trial began with opening statements April 18. Griesbaum has also sued the university, with The AP reporting that trial scheduled to begin early June.