Report: Rutgers AD Hermann subject of sex discrimination lawsuit

Julie Hermann, left, told ESPN President Robert Barchi, right, assured her she will not be fired. Credit: Getty Images
Rutgers President Robert Barchi, right, assured Hermann she would not be fired after the initial reports of abuse emerged.
Credit: Getty Images

New Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann found herself in even more trouble Tuesday when The New York Times reported she was the subject of a sexual discrimination lawsuit filed in 2008. The lawsuit is still pending.

Hermann was a senior athletics administrator with Louisville — her employer before joining Rutgers — at the time.

The Times reported that assistant track and field coach Mary Banker complained to Hermann of sexist behavior by the head track and field coach. Banker was fired three weeks later.

The lawsuit filing shows emails from Hermann to Banker in which she says Banker “should not have gone to HR” with the complaints about the head coach.

It was just on Monday that Rutgers President Robert Barchi said the school had no plans to fire Hermann after it was reported over the weekend that Hermann had threatened and humiliated players as the volleyball coach at Tennessee. Hermann said she has no recollection of the meeting in which players brought the complaints against her for which she resigned.

She was also the subject of a lawsuit by a Tennessee assistant coach who claimed Hermann fired her for getting pregnant. The assistant won $150,000 from the school in the suit.

Hermann was hired in April. Previously, the school relieved Tim Pernetti for his mishandling of the firing of men’s basketball head coach Mike Rice for berating and abusing players.

Follow Metro New York Sports Editor Mark Osborne on Twitter @MetroNYSports



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

FDNY debuts new fire simulator for blazes at…

The New York City Fire Department christened its newest, state-of-the-art, custom-built simulator at its training academy on Randall's Island Tuesday.

Local

Bronx cop saves baby who stopped breathing

A Bronx police officer is credited with saving the life of a 2-month-old baby who stopped breathing Tuesday morning. Police Officer Johnny Castillo, 38, was…

Local

Brewer celebrates Women's Equality Day with voter pledge

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer celebrated Women’s Equality Day Tuesday by pledging to register at least five women voters before the Oct. 10 deadline. Brewer…

Local

NYPD looking for lewd D train rider

The NYPD is enlisting the public’s help to find a man they say performed a lewd act on the D train Saturday evening. The incident…

Television

'Pretty Little Liars' recap: Season 5, Episode 12,…

If you've wondered whether Ali and Bethany knew each other, you got an answer tonight: Yes, and in a very tangled way. But many lingering…

Entertainment

Cymbals Eat Guitars Have Everything to 'LOSE'

At its most basic level, a rock band can be thought of as a family, a group of people selflessly devoted to a cause. When…

Entertainment

"Bachelor in Paradise" recap: Episode 4, 'Week Four'

Some things are hard to watch in a “Human Centipede” sort of way. Other things in an “American History X” sort of way. Does “Bachelor…

Movies

Fall Movie Preview: 10 films to see this…

Despite being awards season, the next four months bring a glut of remakes, rehashes and sequels. Here are 10 that should be better worth your time.

College

When are 2014 college football playoffs? (Schedule, date,…

When and where are 2014 college football playoffs? A look at the schedule, date, TV, time for the semi-finals at championship game.

NFL

Dimitri Patterson suspended only for rest of preseason…

Dimitri Patterson ended up getting just a slap on the wrist.

Sports

Eugenie Bouchard excited for 'rowdy' fans at US…

Eugenie Bouchard is sure to endear herself to New York's tennis faithful as she tries to win her first grand slam title across the next two weeks.

MLB

MLB Power Rankings: Angels and A's still at…

MLB Power Rankings: Angels and A's still at top, Nationals climb

Wellbeing

Who is having the most orgasms?

  Single lesbians report having orgasms more often than heterosexual women but both gay and straight men still come out on top of the climax…

Home

Jonathan Adler shares his tips for a great…

Jonathan Adler took a break from boogie boarding at his beach house to tell us how to keep that Labor Day party festive.

Travel

Most popular Labor Day weekend destinations

Priceline.com released its Top 20 destinations for the end of summer, including Labor Day weekend. If you’re heading to any of these spots, expect a…

Wellbeing

Working your way to type 2 diabetes: Job…

When it comes to type 2 diabetes, a stressful job can be as risky for your health as a bad diet and no exercise. A…