Iowa settles lawsuit involving two former athletics employees

Forged by Ferentz: Thousands of fans swarm the field after Iowa upset Michigan with a game-winning field goal during a Big Ten Conference football game between the Michigan Wolverines and the Iowa Hawkeyes on November 12, 2016, at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, IA. Iowa defeated Michigan 14-13. (Photo by Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire)
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The University of Iowa has officially settled a lawsuit also involving the school’s former athletics department administrator and former field hockey coach.

While the high-profiled lawsuit has now come to a close, Jane Meyer and Tracey Griesbaum originally filed discrimination lawsuits against the university while alleging that the Iowa athletic department “discriminated against them due to their gender and sexual orientation,” according to Alex Putterman of Land of 10.

“We are pleased to have this behind us and looking forward to participating in the external review of our employment practices,” said Iowa’s current athletic director, Gary Barta, in an official statement released on Friday. “As an athletics department we have tremendous coaches, staff and student-athletes who are succeeding at the highest level, both in competition and academic performance.  I am very proud of our department’s commitment to our student-athletes and that our outlook remains strong.  We are confident the best is yet to come.”

Iowa will now be forced to pay Meyer, a former athletics department administrator, $2.33 million and Griesbaum, the school’s former field hockey coach, $1.49 million. Iowa will also award another $2.68 million to the law firm that represented the tandem.

It is also worth noting that a Polk County jury initially found that the school illegally discriminated against Meyer while ruling that she be awarded a payment of $1.45 million, with such a number increasing to over $2 million on Friday. Griesbaum’s trial was scheduled to start on June 5 prior to Friday afternoon’s settlement.

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