FRESNO, Calif. -- Fresno State has agreed to pay $3.5
million to settle a sexual discrimination lawsuit filed by a former
Diane Milutinovich, a former associate athletic director,
alleged that the university reassigned her to another position in
2002 and fired her last year because she had spoken out about equal
treatment for female athletes.
The university claimed Milutinovich's job was eliminated to save
money five years ago and did not explain why she was placed on
leave last year.
Under the settlement, the university will recognize her as an
employee emeritus for her three decades of work at Fresno State.
Milutinovich's case is one of three lawsuits filed by women who
accuse the university of retaliating against them for speaking out
about gender equity.