3 former Duluth coaches file discrimination lawsuit


In response to what attorney Dan Siegel called “a purge of women coaches at the University of Minnesota Duluth,’’ three former coaches sued Monday in U.S. District Court alleging discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation, age and national origin.

Shannon Miller, Jen Banford and Annette Wiles — former Bulldogs women’s hockey, softball and women’s basketball coaches, respectively — are openly gay, and all claim their gender and sexual orientation played a part in their departure from UMD. In addition to the discrimination claim, the suit alleges the school created a hostile work environment, violated equal pay laws and Title IX principles and retaliated against the women.



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