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Former Female Basketball Coach Files Wrongful Termination against SDSU

Beth Burns with an SDSU women's basketball player. Image gives credit to SDSU's official web page.

Beth Burns with an SDSU women’s basketball player. Image gives credit to SDSU’s official web page.

A former women’s basketball coach is suing the San Diego State University (SDSU) for wrongful termination.

In her lawsuit, Coach Beth Burns claims that she was fired in retaliation. She claims that SDSU fired her in retaliation for complaining about the unequal treatment between men and women’s athletics in the women’s athletics at the Division I.

Burns further specifies in her complaint that she spent thousands of her own money to aid in supporting the staff and the team. Also, she affirmed that SDSU forced the team to count male practice players as female participants in the university’s annual mandatory gender equity report.

It could be remembered that it was April last year when the news about Burns’ resignation came all of a sudden.

Previous news reports have it that she left SDSU because she was told that she must either resign, retire or get fired due to an alleged workplace violence incident involving that she was involved in, which was incidentally videotaped during a game.

Under the said video, Burns was seen hitting a clipboard that her assistant coach Adam Barrett was holding. She was also seen hitting the coach in the shoulder.

So as to save her pension, Burns opted to retire although she argued that she did not intentionally strike anyone.

Burns is also suing the university for Breach of Contract along with her termination complaint.

So far, the university is not giving comments regarding the matter.

During her career, Burns made remarkable wins than any coach in the entire history of San Diego State University women’s basketball team. She also helped the team to make seven NCAA appearances. She was, in fact, named the Mountain West Conference of the Year for two years in a row.


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