Settlement reached in Lake O softball lawsuit

Lake Oswego School Board OKs the agreement

Lake Oswego softball players sued the school district for discrimination. (KOIN)

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (Lake Oswego Review) — The Lake Oswego School District has reached a settlement in the Title IX lawsuit involving 10 current and former Lake Oswego High School softball players.

School Board members voted 5-0 in favor of the settlement at their Monday meeting, where several players and attorneys were on hand to hear the vote.

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The case, which was first filed in April 2016, alleged that the girls’ softball team has been denied equal access to the kinds of equipment, facilities, funding and fundraising opportunities provided to the boys’ baseball team. By doing so, the plaintiffs claimed, the district was in violation of the federal Title IX gender discrimination law.

According to the lawsuit, the girls had to play on an off-campus dirt field with no hitting facility. Meanwhile, the boys used an on-campus field with artificial turf and a hitting facility that the girls were not allowed to use because it also doubled as a locker room.

Now, the girls will get their hitting facility and a turf field at Lake Oswego Junior High School, where the team has played its home games, according to a statement of commitment released to The Review.

In a statement released Tuesday and obtained by KOIN 6 News, Lake Oswego School District Superintendent Dr. Heather Beck said, in part:

“As the Superintendent of Lake Oswego School District, I speak on behalf of our district administrators that we are pleased to announce we have settled the Title IX case Working, et al. v. Lake Oswego School District. With this settlement, we affirm our whole-hearted support of the girls’ softball program and for all female athletes at Lake Oswego High School. … Since, April 2016, when this suit was filed, we have worked diligently to answer the complaint and create an agreement that addresses the immediate needs of the team, while working within a long-term planning process. We appreciate the work of our Athletic Director Brigham Baker and our Title IX Director Michael Musick to bring this to a successful conclusion for all.”