Meridian Star

December 11, 2013

Miss. high court ruling stands in harassment case

The Associated Press
Associated Press

HATTIESBURG, Miss. — The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear arguments from three former University of Southern Mississippi soccer coaches who alleged sexual harassment and sexual discrimination.

The nation's high court denied a petition to hear the case in October and the subsequent time period to re-file a similar petition recently lapsed.

That means the Mississippi Supreme Court order issue in 2012 reversing a jury award of $1.2 million to the coaches will stand.

The Mississippi court found insufficient evidence for the jury's verdicts in favor of former women's head soccer coach John Vincent and assistant coaches John Mollaghan and Ged O'Connor. They alleged sexual harassment, gender discrimination and retaliation at the hands of USM employees.

A Forrest County jury ruled for the coaches in 2008.