BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – LSU faces a federal class action lawsuit after former and current students allege the school violated Title IX laws. The group is targeting more than $ 5 million.
The lawsuit was brought by Abby Owens, Samantha Brennan, Calise Richardson, Jade Lewis, Kennan Johnson, Elisabeth Andries, and others. The former and current LSU students reported sexual assault, harassment, domestic violence and stalking against LSU employees.
You are demanding damages and injunctive relief against the LSU and the Tiger Athletic Foundation. The women’s lawyers believe that thousands of past and current students have been affected since 2013. They are suing the university, its board of directors, former LSU presidents F. King Alexander, Sharon Lewis, Miriam Segar, Joe Alleva and Verge Ausberry, Jonathan Sanders and others.
The women claim that the school created a “culture of silence”. They claim that the victims were deterred by students from filing complaints of sexual misconduct and that they retaliated against reporting crimes, particularly when they were soccer players.
They are represented by Karen Truszkowsk of Michigan-based Title IX law firms, Temperance Legal Group, and Elizabeth Abdnour Law and Katie Lasky Law of New Orleans.
“We filed a lawsuit on behalf of the young women who bravely came forward, the young people who are still afraid, and all the young people who had the dream of going to LSU. The campus culture at LSU is broken. Until priorities shift back to the mission of this university, Louisiana’s flagship school, to educate and support young people on their journey to self-improvement, our customers will not stop looking for change, ”says Truszkowski.
New Orleans attorney Suzy Montero officially represented one of the women who participated in the lawsuit.
“It was just a matter of time [a lawsuit was filed]Said Montero. “You speak of a lot of young women uncovering some terrible things that they have been through.”
The lawsuit alleges that students at the soccer recruiting office were encouraged to do whatever they can to attract top soccer recruits, including having sex with them.
The LSU published a statement with the words: “We have only just been made aware of the lawsuit through media reports and therefore cannot comment on anything that we have not yet checked. Instead, we focus on taking steps to ensure we create a campus that is safe, fair, and worthy of the trust placed in us. “
The lawsuit follows another federal lawsuit filed by LSU Football’s Associate Athletics Director, Sharon Lewis. She claims the university conspired to silence or hide allegations of sexual misconduct. Lewis says she was also rejected for attempting to report these allegations. She is demanding $ 50 million in damages.