Former LSU football coach Ed Orgeron, along with 13 others, were dismissed as defendants in a high-profile gender discrimination case in which they accused numerous LSU employees of ignoring sexual assault complaints and violating Title IX policy of the University.
Ten current and former LSU students are plaintiffs in the lawsuit originally filed in April 2021. The amended lawsuit that previously named 19 defendants was officially reduced to five on Wednesday when a judge ordered that the 14 previously named defendants be “without bias.”
LSU Deputy Athletic Director Verge Ausberry, senior associate athletic director Miriam Segar, Title IX coordinator Jennie Stewart, associate dean of students Jonathan Sanders and the university’s board of trustees are still named as suspects in the case.
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“The judge asked to refine our complaint and we analyzed who the relevant parties were,” Karen Truszkowski, the plaintiffs’ attorney, told The Daily Advertiser on Wednesday. “From a legal point of view, there are certain people, entities that cannot necessarily be held responsible.”
When The Daily Advertiser contacted him on Wednesday, an LSU spokesperson declined to comment on the lawsuit.
LSU and Orgeron parted ways after a 6-6 season. The Tigers won the national championship in 2019.
Along with Orgeron, LSU, the Tiger Athletic Foundation, former LSU president F. King Alexander, former AD Joseph Alleva, associate AD Sharon Lewis, assistant director of recruiting operations Keava Soil-Cormier, LSU tennis coaches Julia and Michael Sell, and the company from Orgeron, including the Rose Boys Finch LLC. are no longer defendants in the case.
The edited lawsuit also contains no allegations of violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, which is intended to crack down on organized crime.
The lawsuit still alleges that the defendants harbored a “sexually hostile environment against them” that “impeded and effectively denied plaintiffs’ equal access to educational opportunities and benefits.” She also alleges that the plaintiffs have faced, among other things, discrimination based on their gender and that, although they knew this, the defendants failed to properly remedy the situation.
Despite no longer being a defendant in the lawsuit, Orgeron is still being cited in the case for alleged misconduct. The lawsuit alleges that Orgeron made no report of an alleged rape brought to his attention by LSU’s Title IX office and told the boyfriend of one of the plaintiffs not to be upset about the rape because “everyone’s girlfriend with other people sleep”, among other transgressions.
The plaintiffs in the lawsuit are seeking a permanent injunction requiring LSU to follow Title IX laws and comply with “recurring external audits of LSU’s Title IX compliance and various damages.” They also demand damages “in an amount to be determined during the trial”.
This article originally appeared on Lafayette Daily Advertiser: LSU Football: Ed Orgeron has been dropped from gender discrimination case