Baker City School District pays mother and daughter $200,000 to settle retaliation lawsuit.

Katrina Fast was a sophomore at Baker High School and a star volleyball player when, she and her mother, Roberta Fast, reported that girls’ volleyball coach Warren Wilson was  sexually harassing female athletes. Wilson was a favorite, who also coached boys’ baseball, and local administrators took no action. When the Fasts pursued the matter up  to the Superintendent’s Office, an outside investigator verified the reports and the District fired Wilson. Baker High School then retaliated by refusing to address bullying perpetrated by other students against Katrina Fast and by removing her from the varsity volleyball team. Katrina Fast was ultimately forced to transfer to another school.

The Fasts sued the Baker City School District for violating their rights under Title IX, the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, and Oregon law the prohibits discrimination and retaliation in state-funded educational programs. Earlier this month, after two years of litigation and on the brink of trial, JJLM secured a $200,000 settlement for the Fasts. See the article in the Baker City Herald for more information. We are proud to have been able to work with these brave individuals in their fight for justice.

If you believe that you are being retaliated against for reporting sexual harassment, the attorneys at Johnson Johnson Lucas & Middleton may be able to help. Please contact us at your convenience.