University of Minnesota golf coach Katie Brenny is claiming she was demoted because she is a lesbian. The school won't comment. From Golf Week:
Brenny contends that she encountered a hostile work environment after John Harris, Minnesota’s first-year director of golf, found out that she is a lesbian, according to attorney Donald Mark Jr. of Eden Prairie, Minn.
...Brenny, 30, alleges that Harris would not allow her to travel with the team or instruct players, effectively relegating her to a desk job, once he found out that she is a lesbian, Mark said. Asked whether there was any truth to Brenny’s claim, Harris told Golfweek, “No,’’ before referring questions to university attorneys. Messages left by Golfweek with the office of Mark Rotenberg, Minnesota’s general counsel, were not immediately returned.
Brenny did not accompany the women’s team to any of its four events last fall. The Gophers, ranked No. 42 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, were coached by Ernie Rose, Harris’ son-in-law and the Gophers’ director of instruction. Rose does not have a college degree, which is required by Minnesota for a head coaching position.
[University General Counsel Mark] Rotenberg said the university does not agree with the claims. "It is not true the university discriminated against her on the basis of sexual orientation," Rotenberg said. As for the alleged change in the job description, Rotenberg said, "Her particular job responsibilities were discussed with her before she took the job."