Ms. magazine  -- more than a magazine a movement

SIGN UP FOR MS. DIGEST, JOBS, NEWS AND ALERTS

FEMINIST WIRE NEWSBRIEFS

ABOUT
SEE CURRENT ISSUE
SHOP MS. STORE
MS. IN THE CLASSROOM
FEMINIST DAILY WIRE
FEMINIST RESOURCES
PRESS
JOBS AT MS.
READ BACK ISSUES
CONTACT
RSS (XML)
 
feminist wire | daily newsbriefs

May-27-03

Pregnant Student Athlete Files Title IX Suit Claiming Discrimination

After Tara Brady, a basketball star at Connecticut's Sacred Heart University, became pregnant and decided to carry her pregnancy to term - her scholarship was revoked and her coach told her she would be a "distraction" and should leave the school, according to FindLaw.com columnist Joanna Grossman. Under protections outlined by Title IX, the landmark 1973 law that bans discrimination based on gender in educational programs that receive federal funds, what Brady's coach and university did is against the law.

Last month, Brady became the first pregnant athlete to file suit under Title IX. Her case could prove pivotal during a time when a commission appointed by the Bush administration has suggested several sweeping changes to Title IX enforcement that could effectively eviscerate the gains women and girls have made in athletics.

"Cases like Brady's, involving pregnant scholarship athletes, tend to be few and far between," Grossman wrote. "Yet there are scores of girls and women who get pregnant while attending educational institutions governed by Title IX. And many of them encounter problems in trying to seek the rights and accommodations that Title IX requires."

According to Grossman, Brady's case is pretty straightforward. Title IX requires that Sacred Heart University give her medically necessary leave and allow her to return to her former status as a member of the basketball team and a scholarship recipient, once her leave is over. Title IX also requires that the school "take no action motivated by hostility, animus or disapproval toward Brady's pregnancy" and must provide Brady with whatever accommodations they would provide other "temporarily disabled" athletes. In addition, NCAA guidelines state that Brady is entitled to "medical red-shirt status" - meaning that her five-year period of eligibility must be extended by one year for "reasons of pregnancy."

Media Resources: FindLaw.com 5/6/03; Feminist Daily News 4/8/03


© Feminist Majority Foundation, publisher of Ms. magazine

If you liked this story, consider making a tax-deductible donation to support Ms. magazine.

 

 

Send to a Friend
Their
Your
Comments
(optional)


More Feminist News

12/19/2014 Woman on Life Support Revives Ireland Abortion Debate - Debate surrounding Ireland's ban on abortion has come up again following a current case involving a woman who is being kept on life support because she is pregnant. The woman's family wants her to be taken off life support, but doctors refuse because Irish law says they must do what they can to protect the 16-week-old fetus. . . .
 
12/19/2014 DC City Council Unanimously Approves Reproductive Health Anti Discrimination Bill - Wednesday, the Washington, DC City Council unanimously passed a bill that will prohibit employer interference in the reproductive health decisions of their employees. The Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act of 2014 was first introduced by DC Councilmember David Grosso (I-At Large), just ahead of the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of for-profit retail chain Hobby Lobby this summer. . . .
 
12/19/2014 Incremental Gains for Women in Congress - When the 114th Congress is sworn into office on January 3rd, 2015, there will be exactly the same number of women in Senate as the year before, 20, and a record-high number of women in the US House, 84. . . .