Court rejects coach's equal pay suit

June 03, 1999
A federal appeals court rejected an equal-pay suit Wednesday by Marianne Stanley, former women's basketball coach at the University of Southern California, saying USC was entitled to pay the men's coach more because he had more experience.
    The long-awaited ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sidestepped the most hotly disputed issue in the case: whether the higher revenue, greater publicity and resulting increased pressure to win in a men's program justified a higher salary.
    Stanley, now the women's coach at the University of California, contended those disparities reflected the university's discriminatory treatment of the women's program. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission backed her request for a trial of the suit.