Coaching Contracts Take on the Equal Pay Act: Can (and Should) Female Coaches Tie the Score

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Sarver, Lisa A. Bireline
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1995
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INTRODUCTION|The Equal Pay Act ("EPA") requires that employers pay equal wages to members of both sexes who perform jobs which require "equal skill, effort, and responsibility, and which are performed under similar working conditions." With the growth and development of women's athletics, colleges and other educational institutions may be subjected to substantial scrutiny of the salaries paid to their male and female coaches for compliance with the requirements of the EPA. The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska ("University of Nebraska" or "Nebraska") opened itself to just such scrutiny in December 1994 when it proposed new contracts for its male men's basketball coach and its female women's basketball coach. |This Article profiles the coaches of men's basketball and women's basketball at the University of Nebraska and their respective contracts. This Article then examines the requirements of the EPA and how courts have applied those requirements to salaries paid to male and female coaches. Next, this Article analyzes how the EPA may be applied to the University of Nebraska men's and women's basketball coaches' contracts. Finally, this Article advises athletic administrators as to how to minimize EPA disputes with regard to their coaches' contracts...
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28 Creighton L. Rev. 885 (1994-1995)
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Creighton University School of Law
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