SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court rejected an equal-pay suit Wednesday by Marianne Stanley, former women's basketball coach at USC, saying the university was entitled to pay the men's coach more because he had more experience.
The 2-1 ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sidestepped the most hotly disputed issue in the case: whether the higher revenue, greater publicity and resulting increased pressure to win in a men's program justified a higher salary.
Stanley, now the women's coach at California, contended those disparities reflected the university's discriminatory treatment of the women's program. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission backed her request for a trial of the suit.
But the court ruled that it was not necessary to decide whether the job duties of the men's coach were more demanding because the evidence showed that USC's men's coach at the time, George Raveling, was more experienced and qualified than Stanley.