AUSTIN, Texas — Former University of Texas women's track coach Bev Kearney has filed race and gender discrimination complaints against the school with federal and state officials, the first step toward her pursuing a lawsuit.
Kearney, who is black, filed complaints Tuesday with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Texas Workforce Commission. By law, those agencies must have the case for 180 days before she can sue.
Kearney, who is black, resigned Jan. 5 as Texas prepared to fire her for an inappropriate relationship with one of her athletes in 2002. Texas later revealed that assistant football coach Major Applewhite, who is white, was allowed to keep his job after having an inappropriate relationship with a student trainer on a bowl trip in 2008. Applewhite was reprimanded in 2009 by athletic director DeLoss Dodds and his pay was frozen for a year.