Marianne Stanley filed a EEOC-backed sex discrimination lawsuit against the University of Southern California in 1996 after learning that men's basketball coach George Raveling earned at least $54,000 more than she did as coach of the women's team. Stanley now coaches for the University of California-Berkeley's women's basketball team.
In a 2-1 decision, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that USC was justified in paying Stanley less because she had fewer years of experience as a coach and marketer than did Raveling. Chief Judge Procter Hug stated that the "markedly different levels of experience and qualifications" between Stanley and Raveling were adequate reasons for the difference in their pay.
Dissenting Judge Harry Pregerson argued that the ruling ignored ample evidence of sex discrimination and commented, "The university's half-hearted promotion of the women's basketball program, its intensive marketing of the men's basketball program, and the formidable obstacles Stanley faced as a woman athlete in a male-dominated profession contributed to this disparate treatment."
Stanley's lawyer has stated that he will request a rehearing by the full court.
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .