GLADIATHER® LAW: DEVOS & WOMEN IN SPORTS

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By now most of you are aware that last week the Senate held it’s confirmation hearing for President Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos.  By a lot of people’s standards, DeVos’ performance was cringeworthy.  She avoided agreeing to uphold federal laws that protected disabled students, supported guns in schools to protect students from grizzly bears and revealed that she wasn’t knowledgeable in basic concepts about educational standards.  She provided little clarity about the tone she would set for the Department of Education and while it’s not immediately apparent, that also means there’s little clarity about the direction of women in sports. How could DeVos and the Department of Education possibly influence women in sports? For that answer I’m bringing you another installment of GladiatHer® Law.

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GladiatHer Law: Mr. Rose & Ms. Doe

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*Warning: Today’s post contains some sexually explicit language and content.  If you’re under 18 years of age, ask your parent if you can read this.*

Today GladiatHer® Law is back with some NBA star power and lessons on rape.  On October 19, 2016, twelve jurors announced that Derrick Rose, Ryan Allan and Randall Hampton were not liable in a suit that claimed they had gang raped a still unidentified woman.  This may not be relevant to some of you since it happened a whole two weeks ago; but I’ve continued to have some significant conversations about the trial, it’s potential effects on women and rape in general.  Such extensive conversation that I think it warrants the topic being dusted off and discussed here.  So in the words of Kevin Hart, you gon’ learn today… Continue reading

WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON AT BAYLOR?!

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On any given day over the past several months you were very likely to come across a headline about Baylor University and its problem with sexual assault.  Football players were (and still are) de-committing, administrators were being fired and repurposed, there were convictions, cover-ups, interviews and investigations at every turn.  If chaos has come to mind at any point while taking it all in, I’d say you’ve got an excellent grip on what’s going on down in Waco.  For years the University has been insufferable in its handling of claims of sexual violence perpetrated by its student-athletes, and now all hell is breaking loose as things are coming to light.  The administration has provided shameful and unlawful responses to numerous women who have voiced their allegations of sexual violence.  And it seems the school has done so in the name of protecting the pigskin. But while the headlines have a laser beam on Baylor, Baylor is really only a fraction and consequence of the problem, not the entire or source of it.  Continue reading

GLADIATHER LAW: The USWNT & The Equal Pay Act

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Yesterday the sports world was set abuzz when it was announced that members of the US Women’s National Team (USWNT) filed a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against the US Soccer Federation (USSF). Based in the Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA), the complaint states that the USSF has discriminated against the USWNT by paying its athletes less than it pays the athletes for the US Men’s National Team (USMNT) despite the USWNT earning considerable more in revenue and advancing/winning more in major tournaments. In fact, the USWNT earned around $20 million more last year than the men’s team, but was paid about four times less.  Take a look at the data:  Continue reading