Mar 1, 2014
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Quinnipiac Finds Women's Sports Gender Equity to Cost More Than $5 Million Settlement

 
Quinnipiac Finds Women's Sports Gender Equity to Cost More Than $5 Million Settlement

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Nearly one year after a consent decree over gender equity in women’s sports was approved, Quinnipiac University in Hamden is finding it will cost more than $5 million that was reached in settlement.

The addition of new teams, such as women’s rugby, golf and maintaining its indoor and outdoor track and field team, are racking up costs. Attorney fees, paying members of the volleyball team and paying “referee” wages also are running the university’s spending into the millions.

The consent decree remains in effect until June 30, 2016.

Quinnipiac is required to request data with the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference to determine the median salaries of women’s team coaches in the conference. If the MAAC provides the information by the 2014-15 academic year, the university must increase the coaches’ salaries, the consent decree states.

According to the consent decree, it will cost the university $625,000 to upgrade women’s team coaches’ salaries and ensure the school provides athletic needs such as equipment, transportation and medical services, among other necessities.

Other costs include $1.9 million in plaintiff attorney fees and a $50,000 donation to the Emanuel Margolis Fellowship Fund of the university’s School of Law.

Quinnipiac will pay the plaintiffs’ attorney fees up to $450 an hour, plus reasonable expenses, including expert fees for drafting, obtaining and monitoring the university’s compliance, the consent decree states.

See the full story at the New Haven Register online.

 

Quinnipiac Finds Women's Sports Gender Equity to Cost More Than $5 Million Settlement

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