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Stanley v. University of Southern California
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
178 F.3d 1069 (1999)
Marianne Stanley (plaintiff) was head coach of the women’s basketball team at the University of Southern California (USC) (defendant). George Raveling was head coach of USC’s men’s basketball team. Stanley was paid less than Raveling. The head basketball coaches had similar job duties in terms of running basketball programs, but the men’s basketball program generated more revenue for USC. The parties disputed why Raveling was seemingly able to generate more revenue for USC, with Stanley claiming it was because of historic and ongoing discrimination by USC. Regardless, Raveling had 17 more years of experience coaching basketball, previously coached the Olympic men’s basketball team, had twice been named national coach of the year, received other prestigious accolades, had nine years of marketing experience, and authored several books on basketball. Stanley did not possess these same qualifications and experience. Stanley negotiated with USC’s athletic director, Michael Garrett (defendant) to extend her current employment contract. During these negotiations, Stanley demanded the same salary as Raveling. Stanley’s contract ultimately expired without renewal. Stanley sued USC and Garrett asserting various claims based on sexual discrimination, including under the Equal Pay Act. On summary judgment, the district court ruled in USC and Garrett’s favor. Stanley appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Hug, C.J.)
Dissent (Pregerson, J.)
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