Oregon HS reaches tentative settlement in Title IX lawsuit

July 19, 2017 / Athletic AdministrationSoftball
The Lake Oswego School District in Oregon will upgrade its softball team’s facilities as part of a settlement that was tentatively reached this week in a 2016 Title IX lawsuit.

Ten current and former Lake Oswego High School softball players filed the lawsuit more than a year ago, arguing that the team had not been treated the same as the school’s baseball team. Monday’s settlement, which was approved by the school board but is still being finalized, would include a new hitting facility and artificial turf at the softball team’s field.

From the Lake Oswego Review:

The timeline for approval of the final settlement is uncertain at this time, but discussions are progressing.

“We’re very glad the district and high school have come to the table to work with us on a solution to remove gender inequity,” said Morgan Jones, a rising senior and member of the girls’ softball team at LOHS, “and to demonstrate their commitment to Title IX compliance for the sake of me and my teammates, and all girls of the school who wish to stand on a level playing field.”

School Board member Bob Barman said the community is proud that the players stepped up and “taught us a lesson.”

“If you’re a young lady in any corner of this district, you are going to be treated with equity and justice,” Barman said, “and for that, we owe those women (the plaintiffs) a lot of gratitude.”

The article notes that the settlement also includes Title IX training for all employees and the development of a Task Force on Gender Equity in Interscholastic Athletics Program. The group would provide input on “gender equity, including implementation of the issues outlined in the agreement,” according to the article.

Click here to read the complete story from the Lake Oswego Review.

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