FGCU Rewriting Discrimination, Harassment Policies
Florida Gulf Coast University has rewritten their discrimination and harassment policies that their employees and students must abide by because the school has paid over $5 million in three gender equity lawsuit settlements over the past year. The revisions have yet to be approved by the university and they will go before the university’s board of trustees on January 20 for approval. The new policies will hopefully clarify how to report complaints and will incorporate all of the university’s community. The entire community includes students, professors, administrators, vendors and volunteers.
These new revisions will help to comply with federal equal opportunity requirements. University officials have emphasized that the school will not lose state funding but some of the school’s own funding has gone to resolving discrimination complaints. Two of the three gender discrimination cases that were settled by the school this year were for two former female coaches that claimed retaliation after complaining about gender inequality at the school. For any individual involved in gender discrimination cases in the workplace or in academia, contact the law offices of Tobin and Reyes for expert legal counsel today.