A Minneapolis judge has awarded the former women’s golf coach at the University of Minnesota injury damages in the amount of $359,000 after finding that she was subjected to discrimination at work as a result of her sexual orientation.
In her lawsuit, Katie Brenny, who is a lesbian, alleged that the university engaged in sexual discrimination by significantly diminishing her coaching responsibilities after learning of her sexual orientation. Judge Thomas Sipkins, of the Hennepin County District Court in Minneapolis, found that Brenny’s supervisor, former University of Minnesota Director of Golf John Harris, singled Brenny out, and subjected her to disparate treatment because of her sexual orientation. Judge Sipkins awarded Brenny $359,000 in damages, including $334,000 for lost wages and another $25,000 for mental anguish.
Brenny was originally hired on a one-year contract, worth $44,000, on August 30, 2010. She claimed that she was originally hired as a coach, but that her role was reduced to administrative functions, and she was barred from traveling with the team after Harris discovered her sexual orientation. Judge Sipkins found, based principally on the testimony of Brenny and several former University of Minnesota golfers, that the change in Brenny’s employment was a result of discrimination. Brenny’s attorney, Don Mark, reported that Brenny feels vindicated by the decision, and he stated that he hopes the decision will bring her some comfort.
Brenny now works as manager of special projects and outcomes for The First Tee of Metropolitan New York.
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