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Bowers v. Baylor University

862 F. Supp. 142 (1994)

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Bowers v. Baylor University

United States District Court for the Western District of Texas

862 F. Supp. 142 (1994)

Facts

Since 1979, Pam Bowers (plaintiff) had been the coach of the women’s basketball team at Baylor University (Baylor) (defendant). At one point, Bowers believed that Baylor had sexually discriminated against her, including in the terms and conditions of her employment and the university’s greater allocation of resources to the men’s basketball program. Bowers publicly complained of these issues. In 2004, Bowers was terminated, allegedly because of her unsuccessful win-loss record. Bowers sued Baylor and various individual members of the administration (defendants) under Title IX alleging sexual discrimination and retaliation. Bower sought injunctive relief and damages. Baylor and the individual administrators filed motions to dismiss, and the issue before the district court was whether Title IX conferred an implied cause of action for damages to Bowers.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Smith, J.)

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