Nine female softball players have filed complaints with the Office of Civil Rights for Title Nine violations alleging that while attending the University of Louisiana Lafayette they were deprived of appropriate trainers, training facilities, equipment, and supplies when compared to the resources provided to male athletes. Attorney Allison Jones says the players received retaliation after bringing up the claims.
"They were locked out of their locker rooms. They were demoted on the team by the new coach to menial spots. Where they were former hitters, they were now picking up balls where other people were hitting," says Jones.
Jones says the university has a history of gender inequity as she has represented female professors how have also had issues.
"Leading the charge on that were four female professors who had previously raised complaints of gender inequity at the university," says Jones.
Jones says the goal of the players is to correct the wrongdoings of the university for future students.
"Their careers in softball at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is ruined. Their goal is to ensure this never happens again at the university," says Jones.The university released a statement disputing the claims, saying it will “strongly defend itself” from false allegations.