Mississippi Supreme Court sides with Southern Miss in soccer cases | News
The University of Southern Mississippi has received a favorable ruling from the Mississippi Supreme Court in three cases involving former coaches with the women’s soccer program.
The former soccer coaches—John Vincent, John Mollaghan and Ged O’Connor—had made various allegations under federal and state law of wrongful termination, sexual harassment, gender discrimination, retaliation, violation of due process and equal protection rights, slander and the intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress against the University, (former President) Dr. Horace Fleming, (former Director of Athletics) Richard Giannini and current Senior Associate Athletics Director Sonya Varnell. Their lawsuits were originally filed in late 2000 and early 2001 in the Circuit Court of Forrest County.
Prior to trial, the Circuit Court dismissed many of the claims of the three plaintiffs, leaving only O’Connor’s sexual harassment claim, Vincent and Mollaghan’s procedural due-process claims, and all three plaintiffs’ gender-discrimination and retaliation claims.
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