September 30, 2014
Lawyers for Fresno State intend to ask for a new trial in the case of a former volleyball coach who was awarded nearly six (m) million dollars in a discrimination suit against the school.
A Fresno jury found that Fresno State had discriminated against Lindy Vivas for speaking up on behalf of female athletes.
Fresno State attorneys filed a motion on August 29 informing Fresno County Superior Court that they'd seek the new trial.
Lindy Vivas was fired in 2004, two years after coaching her team to its best season in history.
University officials said Vivas was let go because she did not meet performance goals and ran a team that often played in empty arenas.
The 50-year-old coach sued, saying her contract wasn't renewed because she advocated for equal treatment of women athletes.
The July award took into account Vivas' back wages, future lost pay and emotional distress.