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Jury awards ex-Iowa athletics administrator $1.4 million

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A jury has ruled that former University of Iowa athletic administrator Jane Meyer was the victim of discrimination, retaliation and unequal pay and awarded her $1.4 million in total damages.

Judge Michael D. Huppert says the eight-person jury found in favor of Meyer on all five counts.

Meyer alleged she suffered workplace discrimination as a gay woman in a relationship with field hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum, that the school retaliated against her for complaining about Griesbaum’s firing, and that she was paid less than a male counterpart for similar work.

The trial lasted nearly three weeks and featured testimony from Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz and wrestling coach Tom Brands.

The jury began deliberating Wednesday. It delivered its sealed verdict on Thursday.

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