Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Eleventh Lawsuit Filed against University's Basketball Program. (Noteworthy News: From Staff and News Wire Reports)

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Eleventh Lawsuit Filed against University's Basketball Program. (Noteworthy News: From Staff and News Wire Reports)

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TAMPA, FLA.

An 11th woman has filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against the University of South Florida and its former women's basketball coach, claiming racist treatment in the program.

Last month Iris Fleming became the latest player to file suit in the case and her attorney, Jonathan Alpert, promised that a 12th lawsuit would be filed soon after.

Nine other players and a former coach also have filed $10 million in claims, accusing former coach Jerry Ann Winters of segregating and discriminating against Black players (See Black Issues, Sept. 14, 2000). The first of the lawsuits is set to go to trial in April.

Winters, who was fired from the university last year, has denied the allegations and is challenging her firing.

Meanwhile, Alpert announced that Stuart, Fla., attorney Willie Gary has joined the litigation as co-counsel. Gary is among the nation's most prominent Black attorneys and has brought discrimination lawsuits seeking $5 billion in damages against Microsoft in a lawsuit brought by seven current and former employees who say they were passed over for promotions and paid less than White colleagues. Gary also has won a discrimination case against Disney World and is leading a similar $1. …

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