Athlete's Discrimination Suit Settled

October 2, 2018

A former Iowa State tennis player has settled her racial and sexual discrimination complaint against the school for $100,000.


According to the Des Moines Register, Erin Freeman's attorney released a statement expressing that the settlement “does not constitute any admission of wrong-doing or any admission of violations of applicable law, rule, regulation or policy by either party.” The settlement also forbids both parties from further commenting on the outcome of the case.

Freeman's complaint had been filed in May, and alleged that Freeman, one of two African-American players on the team, had been "subjected to repeated acts of racial discrimination and sexual discrimination in violation of Title IX." Freeman also alleged that the school attempted to drive her off the team, “and have deprived (her) of educational opportunities based on (her) race."

Don M. Jackson, Freeman's attorney, wrote to the Register in May.

"There appears to be a systemic lapse of authority within the Athletic Department and (at least as it relates to African-American female student-athletes) a failure to adequately assure their access to educational resources and to assure that they are not subjected to discrimination, harassment, retaliation, bullying by University staff and denial of educational resources,” Jackson wrote.

Despite having withdrawn from the team, Freeman will remain at the school on scholarship, and will be recognized as a student-athlete during graduation.

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