From correspondent John Sharpe
A gender discrimination lawsuit against the Orange County Board of Education by a women’s volleyball and basketball coach has been settled in mediation for $93,000.
Laurie Calder-Green, a former English teacher and coach at Cedar Ridge High School in Hillsborough, was dismissed in mid-2008, allegedly because she got verbally aggressive with the players, said her attorney, Luke Largess of Charlotte.
Calder-Green complained of gender discrimination, claiming her behavior was no different from men’s coaches. She filed suit in January of 2010, with claims of gender discrimination under Title 7 and Title 9, among other actions.
Michael D. Parker, attorney for the board, said Calder-Green was dismissed “because of interaction with the players,” but did not go into detail.
In a statement released Thursday, the board denied any wrongdoing, and said: “Considering the turmoil this matter has already caused … a settlement served the best interest of the school system.”
Parker said half of the funds will come from the school system, and the other half will come from the liability insurance provider for the N.C. School Board Association.
Under terms of the settlement, Calder-Green will receive $50,770, her attorney will receive $32,320, and her daughter, Emily Roberts, will receive $10,000.
Largess said Roberts was denied employment at Cedar Ridge following the dismissal of her mother.