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June 25, 2007

Story archive: the Lindy Vivas civil trial

A Fresno jury on July 9 awarded former Fresno State volleyball coach Lindy Vivas $5,852,069 -- almost $2 million more than what she had asked for in her discrimination case against the university.

It was the largest amount awarded in a case against Fresno State.

"I think it validates what we've been saying happened at the university all these years," said Vivas, whose contract with the university was not renewed in 2004. "And I hope it shines a big light on the university -- all the way up to the chancellor's office."

In a statement, Fresno State said it would appeal and blamed the media for the verdict: "The excessive, and in some cases inaccurate, publicity surrounding this case in Fresno may have affected the result of this trial."

The Fresno County Superior Court jury of nine women and three men found in Vivas' favor on 12 of 13 questions in the verdict, eight times unanimously.

Vivas had sued the university for $4.1 million, saying he lost her job because of her outspoken advocacy for gender equity in university sports and for her "perceived sexual orientation."

Vivas' suit is the first of three scheduled to be heard this year in court. The legal battles are expected to shed light on how Fresno State administrators have handled complaints of gender discrimination.

Former women's basketball coach Stacy Johnson-Klein and former associate athletic director Diane Milutinovich also have filed lawsuits that say they were fired for raising such concerns.

Here is an archive of The Bee's coverage of the Vivas civil trial.

STORIES

  • Click to read story (7/26) Sen. Florez forges new Title IX 'hammer'
  • Click to read story (7/25) CSU chancellor criticizes jury award to Vivas
  • Click to read story (7/21) Welty, Vivas to meet at hearing on gender issue
  • Click to read story (7/15) Words scarce after lawsuit
  • Click to read story (7/14) CSU chancellor diagrees with state Sen. Florez
  • Click to read story (7/13) Vivas verdict prompts scrutiny from legislators
  • Click to read story (7/12) CSU chancellor reaffirms support of Welty
  • Click to read story (7/11) Florez slams CSUF reaction to discrimination verdict
  • Click to read story (7/11) University to volley Vivas trial verdict
  • Click to read story (7/10) Jury awards former Bulldogs coach $5.85 million
  • Click to read story (7/10) Lawyers describe jury award as unusual
  • Click to read story (7/6) Vivas trial awaits jury
  • Click to read story (7/3) Lawyers in Vivas trial make final points
  • Click to read story (6/30) Ex-administrator tells of 'civil war'
  • Click to read story (6/29) Flub scores point for Vivas
  • Click to read story (6/28) Former AD denies witnesses' claims
  • Click to read story (6/27) Former AD Johnson begins testimony
  • Click to read story (6/26) Defense contests anti-gay portrait
  • Click to read story (6/24) Matt James column: Trial is more like a circus
  • Click to read story (6/22) Former coach Johnson-Klein takes center stage at trial
  • Click to read story (6/21) Vivas attorney lays blame on Welty
  • Click to read story (6/20) Vivas faults former athletic director
  • Click to read story (6/19) Vivas finishes stay on civil-trial stand
  • Click to read story (6/15) Wright tells of derogatory university party
  • Click to read story (6/14) Vivas says she never heard direct slurs
  • Click to read story (6/13) Dismissed coach gives her side of the story
  • Click to read story (6/12) Fresno State attorney defends firing of volleyball coach
  • Click to read story (6/8) Pattern of hostility at Fresno State alleged in Vivas case
  • Click to read story (6/6) Former coach, Fresno State squaring off in court
    DOCUMENTS
  • Click to view PDF Letter from CSU chancellor to state Sen. Florez
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