Kearney files employment discrimination complaint against University

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Bev Kearney, former women’s track and field head coach, has filed a discrimination complaint against the University, according to her attorney, Derek Howard.

The complaint has been filed with the Texas Workforce Commission’s Civil Rights Division, which will then conduct an investigation to see if there were any violations of the Texas Labor Code.

Kearney resigned in January after she was told the University was prepared to fire her because of a relationship she had with a student-athlete in 2002. The former student-athlete reported the relationship in October, after which Kearney was put on paid leave.

Kearney and Howard have said in the past that the way her situation was handled by the University is different from the way other situations have been handled.

The Texas Workforce Commission will have 180 days to investigate the complaint, after which it determines whether Kearney has the right to sue the University.