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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Geno Auriemma's lawyers withdraw motion to dismiss initial complaint

Lawyers for UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma and USA Basketball withdrew motions to dismiss Kelley Hardwick's initial lawsuit for employee discrimination. However, they have until Dec. 11 to file motions to address the amended complaint submitted by Hardwick's representatives in response to motions to dismiss filed by attorneys for Auriemma and USA Basketball.

Also, the NBA (which is also part of Hardwick's lawsuit but did not file a motion to dismiss) also have until Dec. 11 to respond to the amended complaint.

Hardwick, a security officer employed by the NBA, has alleged that she was removed from providing security for the U.S. Olympic women's basketball team after she rebuked an attempt by Auriemma, the 2012 U.S. women's Olympic head coach, to kiss her in a hallway of the Russian hotel both were staying at during a tournament.

Lawyers for Auriemma and Jim Tooley of USA Basketball filed motions to dismiss the lawsuit in part because the lawsuit was filed in New York and neither Auriemma nor Tooley reside in or conduct business in the state of New York. They both also allege that since Hardwick worked security for the U.S. men's Olympic team, she suffered no loss of employment.

Now the attorneys for Auriemma, USA Basketball and the NBA have until Dec. 11 to file motions to counter Hardwick's amended complaint. Once that happens, Hardwick's attorneys will have until Jan. 28 to respond.


Blogger James Kerwin said...

They just want to go to court and get this settled. In my opinion, once this is settled against the plaintiff the USA, et al shall then have the right to "fire" the plaintiff for disruptive behavior. They then can sue her for defamation of character, I believe.
Also I believe (legal term) a customer (which Geno was) has a right to pick and chose those people whom he feels comfortable working with. Otherwise it becomes "a unhealthy and unworkable " environment. I too believe this to be a "frivolous" law suit.oy

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