U. of Iowa settles male track coach discrimination lawsuit

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Posted: Jan 27, 2016 10:14 AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa has settled a gender discrimination lawsuit filed by a male track coach who alleged he was passed over for a job because administrators wanted a woman.

Mike Scott applied for assistant track coach when the position became open in 2012. An internal email from June 2013 surfaced that indicated head coach Layne Anderson rewrote the position's job description to attract more female candidates after earlier searches failed.

The settlement agreement pays Scott's attorneys nearly $81,000 and Scott $20,000 for past wages and $97,222 to settle all claims.

Scott's attorneys say his goal was to expose sex discrimination in college athletics.

The university didn't immediately respond but the agreement says there's no admission of discrimination.

Scott is now an assistant coach at Missouri State University.