A group of woman filed a lawsuit against the University of Tennessee in which athlete, Peyton Manning was mentioned in the suit.
According to the suit filed by six women on Tuesday in a Federal Court, the University of Tennessee set up a policy of indifference when it came to sexual assaults from student-athletes. The women who wish to remain unidentified say the school’s policies spawned an atmosphere of vulnerability for them to endure sexual assaults. The suit further states the school purposely obstructed disciplinary methods in favor of the male athletes.
The suit further indicates that Title IX was violated by the school and that Tennessee created a “hostile sexual environment” with their unfair regulations.
The lawsuit consists of 64 pages and is made up of five cases between 2013 and 2015 but also dates as far back as 1995 for incidents which include the university and a number of student-athletes.
A small part of the document references an incident that occurred back in 1996 between Manning and his then, personal trainer, Jamie Ann Naughright.
Naughright filed a claim of sexual harassment for an incident that happened in the training room when she bent over to examine Manning’s foot. The Denver Broncos Quarterback who was a student at the time decided to expose his butt cheeks to the trainer. He explained that it was a prank meant for another athlete. The lawsuit also states that he “sat on her face.”
Naughright settled a lawsuit with Manning in 1997 but ultimately ended up suing him in 2003 for defamation after he talked about what happened in a book.
The University of Tennessee publicly responded to the suit filed by the women, saying their institution “acted lawfully and in good faith and [they] expect a court to agree.”
The University of Tennessee is being accused by the women of violating Title IX. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states that no individual in the United States shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination on the basis of sex under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.
Similar laws concerning the work environment are in place. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is a law created by the federal government that restricts employers from discriminating against employees or job applicants based on sex, race, color, national origin, and religion.
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