College Board rejects settling suit with fired JSU coach

Denise Taylor Travis ( WJTV file photo)
Denise Taylor Travis ( WJTV file photo)

 

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi’s College Board has rejected a proposed settlement of a lawsuit against Jackson State University by a former women’s basketball coach.

The Clarion-Ledger reports the board rejected the agreement with Denise Taylor Travis Thursday while meeting in Purvis.

The move could renew legal action in the case. JSU and Travis had agreed to end the dispute, pending approval by the College Board, which governs Mississippi’s eight public universities.

Travis, who used the last name Taylor while at JSU, coached from 2001 to 2011 and led the program to the 2008 SWAC Tournament title. The university fired Taylor in June 2011.

Taylor sued, alleging wrongful termination, sexual discrimination, invasion of privacy and breach of contract, winning $382,000.

JSU filed motions seeking a new trial or a reduction in damages.

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Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, http://www.clarionledger.com

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