Lawsuit Claims University Of Kentucky Breaking Regulations By Not Hiring Enough Women

Lawsuit Claims University Of Kentucky Breaking Regulations By Not Hiring Enough Women

October 12, 2019 25 By Stanley Isaacs


Well folks, it is officially Fall now and
for a lot of us across this country, that means one thing and one thing only the return
of college sports. College sports had been in the spotlight recently. The NCAA with their not wanting to compensate
athletes, but there’s another issue that’s taking place right now that deserves just
as much attention and it’s actually happening at the University of Kentucky. Joining me now to talk about what’s happening
is Scott Hardy with Top Class Actions. And Scott, of course, I’m referring to this
class action that’s happening at the University of Kentucky right now where you have these
super talented female athletes who are actually suing the college for violating regulations
by one, not having enough female staffers and two not offering varsity level sports
to these female athletes. Take it from there. Right. So we have the, the title nine regulations,
which state that there has to be a proportionate number of female athletics to male athletics
and, you know, it’s, it’s gotta match the, the actual student population. So at the University of Kentucky, 55% of the
student population are women. So therefore you would think that at least
50% of these student athletics have women in them. But nope, unfortunately they’re at about 40%. So you had, as you said, these super talented
women that have said, hey, we would like to get more varsity level athletic programs. We’d like to see varsity level cross country,
we’d like to see varsity level lacrosse and field hockey, a triathlon team. But unfortunately they’ve been denied. And so they’re saying, listen, you just need
to be fair. This is very cut and dry, that female, the
women need to be involved. You have to be giving out scholarships. You have to have these type of sporting, sports
programs for women or you’re violating the title line regulations. And what’s interesting is that the, these
women who’ve brought this lawsuit say University of Kentucky, you’re about 200 women short
of where you’re supposed to be legally, according to these title nine regulations. And the lawsuit also goes a little bit further
too. It’s not just, hey, you’re not offering us
the same thing. It’s that instead of offering it to us because
the funds are available, you could be doing this, but instead you’re funneling that money
over to the men’s leagues, the men’s sports and you can’t do that under these regulations. And that’s what people have to understand. I know everybody likes to talk about, oh well
I mean the, the, the college men, you know, the, the football teams, that’s where the
money comes in. It doesn’t matter where the money comes in
from. There are regulations that these schools have
to follow and it’s very clear from this lawsuit that Kentucky is not doing this. They’re not following the regulations. Exactly, and they are funneling that money
into men’s athletics, not just football, you know, basketball, baseball, track and field. They’re, they’re putting all of that money
in places where in some parts, there are female athletes, but in a lot of it there aren’t. And all these women are saying is, hey, hey,
you have the talent here. Start these varsity level teams. Support us and ,you know, let’s be fair for
women. Let’s you know, the, they are top tier athletes,
let us represent your school. And, and really, you know, show that can,
the University of Kentucky is a competitor at the top tier levels for all of these sports. Don’t hold us back and, you know, acknowledge
us through athletics, acknowledges that we’re here. Well and you also have to take into account
too, and I’m sure these women understand this very well, is that if you’re not going to
offer the, the varsity level of athletics for these women, it’s going to be harder for
them, you know, to, to do something with that in the future. They’re not going to get the recognition in
college that they might at a different college because their school’s not offering these
programs that they should. So it’s going to put them further behind. It’s going to hurt future earnings potential
if they want to go on and become a professional athlete. It puts them at a severe disadvantage all
because the school wants to, again, look, this is an SEC school. You know, SEC schools are all about sports. You know, this is what they live and breathe
for. But they want to divert that money to the
men’s sports because they think if they do that they’re going to make even more money
in return while completely blowing out these regulations. Exactly. You know, recognize your female athletes,
put that money, you know, out there for these athletes to use and you know, you’ve got 55%
of your student population are women. Use this as a great talking point, use this
as a positive piece of enrollment for your student body. You know, it’s, there are so many positives
to putting that money into athletics and, and female athletics that it really outweighs
the negatives here. And the negative press of saying University
of Kentucky doesn’t respect women and doesn’t recognize their contributions to sports. Absolutely. I mean this could be a wonderful recruiting
tool for them saying, listen, we’ve got top tier women’s athletic programs available. 55% of the student body is women, come here
if you want to make it to the next level. But instead, as you said, they’re going for
the negative publicity and in the end that’s going to hurt them pretty bad. For more information about this issue, please
follow the link in the description of this video. Head on over to Top Class Actions, and while
you’re there, make sure you sign up for their weekly newsletter. It is absolutely one of the best resources
available for consumers. Scott Hardy with Top Class Actions. Thank you very much for talking with me. You’re welcome. Thanks for your time, Farron.