School, Attorneys Reach Deal In Fresno State Coach Lawsuit

In December, a jury awarded Stacy Johnson-Klein $19.1 million for unlawful termination


June 18, 2008

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Lawyers for a former Fresno State women's basketball coach who sued the university claiming sexual discrimination say they've reached a $9 million settlement with the university.

In December, a jury awarded Stacy Johnson-Klein $19.1 million for unlawful termination. She says she was fired for threatening to expose the school's unequal treatment of women athletes and coaches.

Fresno State attorneys appealed, and Johnson-Klein filed a cross appeal. A Fresno County judge later reduced her total award to $6.6 million, plus $2.5 million in attorneys' fees.

The $9 million settlement brokered Tuesday appears to end the bitter court battle.

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