UI settles with Griesbaum, Meyer; review of employment practices to continue

UI settles with Griesbaum, Meyer; external review of employment practices to continue
Podhajsky
05/19/17
 
The University of Iowa has reached settlement agreements with two former athletics department employees.

The university on Friday announced it has reached settlements with Tracey Griesbaum and Jane Meyer totaling roughly $6.5 million. The move comes two weeks after Meyer had won a state case against the university and a little more than two weeks ahead of a scheduled trial on a lawsuit filed by Griesbaum.

Under the settlements, Meyer will be paid $874,000 in back pay and more than $1.4 million in emotional distress. Her attorney’s fees of more than $1.6 million will also be paid by the UI. Griesbaum will receive $300,000 in wages and nearly $1.2 million for emotional distress, while her attorneys will be paid more than $1 million.

Meyer had been awarded more than $1.4 million earlier this month after a Polk County jury sided with her on all five discrimination counts named in her lawsuit. She had been the second-highest ranking official in the UI athletic department in 2014 when she was moved to a new position in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. That position was eliminated last fall.

Meyer’s removal from the department came in the wake of Griesbaum’s firing as field hockey coach earlier that year. Athletic director Gary Barta fired Griesbaum after several reports of abuse by players, claims which were disputed by some former players.

Meyer, who is in a relationship with Griesbaum, allegedly confronted Barta during a staff meeting.

In a statement, UI spokeswoman Jeneane Beck says with these settlements reached, the UI will focus on next steps, including continuing with an external review of employment practices. That review will start in athletics before moving to the academic and operational units then UI Health Care.

Beck says the university is in the process of forming a committee to select the consulting firm which will handle that review.
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