Lesbian university track coach who dated student claims discrimination

Bev Kearney

Bev Kearney (Photo: Ralph Barrera/American Statesmen)

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Bev Kearney, who is African American and a lesbian, filed a complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Texas Workforce Commission. As a women’s track coach, she was put on leave at the University of Texas in 2002 after having a relationship with a female athlete has filed a complaint against the school claiming discrimination. Kearney had been put on leave last year, but officially resigned in January after her relationship with a female athlete, who was of age at the time, made headlines.

It was later pointed out that the assistant football coach, Major Applewhite, was allowed to keep his position after having an inappropriate relationship with a student trainer. The university’s athletic director subsequently reprimanded Applewhite and froze his pay for a year, according to the Dallas Voice.

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