Former Asbury University coach wins civil case

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Two state courts have affirmed a Jessamine County jury’s verdict in favor of Debi Powell, a former women’s basketball coach at Asbury University.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports ( Powell alleged that Asbury had engaged in gender discrimination and had retaliated against her when she was fired in 2008. The jury found that Asbury hadn’t engaged in gender discrimination, but found in favor of Powell’s claim that the school had retaliated against her in response to her complaints about discrimination.

The Kentucky Court of Appeals affirmed the jury’s decision in 2014, and the Kentucky Supreme Court did this spring.

Last week Powell and her attorneys received more than $978,137 in damages and attorney’s fees in the case.

Powell says she hasn’t found another full-time coaching job since she filed the lawsuit.

Asbury’s attorney, Leila O’Carra, said her client had no comment.


Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,


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