University of Iowa pays $6.5 million in Meyer, Griesbaum cases

May 19, 2017 at 4:47 pm | Print View

The University of Iowa will pay $6.5 million to settle lawsuits asserting it discriminated against former Field Hockey Coach Tracey Griesbaum and former Associate Athletics Director Jane Meyer, the UI announced Friday.

The settlement, which includes the $1.43 million a jury awarded Meyer earlier this month, came after both sides agreed earlier this week to delay motions seeking additional damages in the Meyer case.

Much of the three-week Meyer trial focused on how the UI Athletics Department handled the firing of Griesbaum in 2014 after some student-athletes complained she had been verbally abusive. She had also sued the university for discrimination, and her case was set to begin trial June 5.

Meyer, her longtime partner, was transferred out of the department in 2014 and her job was later eliminated. She has sued also in federal court.

The settlement announced Friday addresses all three cases. The UI, in making the agreement, said it is not admitting it engaged in any acts of discrimination or retaliation.

“We are pleased to have this behind us and looking forward to participating in the external review of our employment practices,” UI Athletic Director Gary Barta said in a prepared statement.

“As an athletics department we have tremendous coaches, staff and student-athletes who are succeeding at the highest level, both in competition and academic performance. I am very proud of our department’s commitment to our student-athletes and that our outlook remains strong. We are confident the best is yet to come.”

The settlement will come from the UI Athletic Department’s budget, which is over $100 million this year from sources that don’t include taxes and tuition.

According to documents, the UI will pay Griesbaum about $1.5 million and pay about another $1 million in legal fees.

The deal calls for about $2.3 million for Meyer, and another roughly…

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