Lady Vols official who sued school retires early

Jenny Moshak has retired as Tennessee’s associate director of

sports medicine, less than a year after she filed a lawsuit against

the university for discrimination and retaliation.

”Due to the overall atmosphere since I raised issues of

equality at the University of Tennessee and given the university’s

unwillingness to address the issues of discrimination and

retaliation, I cannot continue my association with the university’s

athletic department,” Moshak said in a statement released Friday

by her lawyer, Keith D. Stewart.

Moshak also said in the statement that she took early retirement

effective Thursday. Tennessee athletic department spokesman Jimmy

Stanton confirmed Moshak’s retirement but declined any further

comment.

Moshak, former Tennessee associate strength and conditioning

coach Heather Mason, and former associate head strength and

conditioning coach Collin Schlosser filed a suit in October saying

the university set up a ”testosterone wall” that prevented female

employees from earning equal pay.

The complaint alleges that Moshak, Mason and Schlosser performed

similar tasks as the employees who held similar positions for men’s

athletic teams, but that they received less compensation either

because of their gender or because of their association with

women’s teams. The complaint also says Schlosser lost his job, and

that Moshak and Mason were demoted and had their staff reduced

after each filed a discrimination complaint.

All three plaintiffs no longer work for the university. Mason

was fired earlier this year, and school officials cited

unsatisfactory job performance as their reason for dismissing

her.

A public records request showed that Stewart sent an email

regarding Moshak’s situation on Aug. 1 to Michael Fitzgerald, the

lawyer representing the university in this lawsuit. Stewart wrote

that Moshak’s work environment had ”become increasingly hostile”

since the suit was filed and that Mason’s ”sudden termination only

magnifies the situation.” In the letter, Stewart said Moshak was

considering early retirement ”to protect her physical and

emotional well-being.”

Stewart requested that the university reopen its director of

sports medicine position to potential applicants, have a school

human resources official from outside the athletic department

re-evaluate Moshak’s performance and have the Tennessee Human

Rights Commission review the athletic department’s work

environment.

Fitzgerald sent a reply Tuesday in which he said the university

was ”unaware of any harassing or retaliatory behavior” toward

Moshak. He said the university denied Stewart’s three requests and

noted that Moshak’s most recent evaluation was positive. Fitzgerald

wrote that ”the university will continue to treat Ms. Moshak the

same as if she had never complained.”

Moshak spent 24 years at Tennessee, where she directed all

athletic training and rehabilitation for the women’s basketball

team.

”I will continue to pursue a career in sports medicine and also

continue the fight for equality and justice within athletics,”

Moshak said in her statement. ”I truly love the Lady Vols. I am

honored to be a part of the rich tradition of Lady Vol athletics

and even prouder to have supported the physical, mental and

emotional development of women in sports and life.”