Suit: U. of Minnesota is anti-gay

June 27, 2000
A University of Minnesota employee testified that an anti-gay bias pervaded the school's athletic department, contributing to his nervous breakdown.
      Richard Marsden has filed a lawsuit and has accused the athletic department of salary discrimination and fostering an atmosphere in which anti-gay jokes and inappropriate grabbing were tolerated.
      He testified Monday that the misconduct happened between 1993 and 1997, and his requests to top department officials to improve the climate were ignored. Marsden said he had a nervous breakdown in 1997.
      He is seeking at least $50,000 in back pay and other fees, as well as an injunction preventing similar behavior. He now works at the university as an assistant adviser in the Intercollege Program, which pays $20,000 less than his former job.