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UT rejects discrimination claim by 3 women's athletic department employees

November 16th, 2011 10:37 am by Andew Gribble

KNOXVILLE — When three University of Tennessee women's athletic department employees jointly filed a discrimination complaint in February 2010, they each compared their respective salaries to an employee from the men's athletics department whose primary responsibilities centered around football.
In its defense of the claims, the men's athletic department argued that when it pertains to a top-revenue, athlete-loaded sport like football, which "pays the bills" for the rest of the school's varsity sports, it's hard to come up with a fair comparison.
UT's Office of Equity and Diversity agreed, ruling 10 months later that no gender discrimination occurred. Chancellor Jimmy Cheek signed off on the OED's decision and, upon an appeal from the three women's employees, so did UT President Joe DePietro, who effectively closed the case with his succinct, two-sentence denial on April 29.

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