IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa will pay $6.5 million to settle discrimination lawsuits filed by former athletic administrator Jane Meyer and her partner, former women’s field hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum.
The school agreed in settlements released Friday to pay Meyer $2.33 million, Griesbaum $1.49 million and $2.68 million to the Des Moines law firm that represented them.
Jurors this month found that school officials discriminated against Meyer based on her gender and sexual orientation, retaliated against her for speaking out and paid her less than a male counterpart- Gene Taylor.
They awarded $1.45 million in damages in what advocates for women in college athletics called a landmark verdict.
The settlement avoids a June trial in a lawsuit brought by Griesbaum, whose firing by athletic director Gary Barta was center to both cases.
In 2014, Barta hired Gene Taylor to take over some of Myer’s responsibilities. Taylor is the new Athletic Director at Kansas State University. On Taylor’s first day at Iowa, Barta fired Griesbaum.
-The AP contributed to this report.