Riddle School District settles age discrimination lawsuit

September 26, 2018

The Riddle School District and Jack Ball have reached a settlement on an age discrimination lawsuit filed in federal court in November 2017.

Both parties agreed to adopt new “coaches’ guidelines” to aid in the recruitment and selection of coaches for the school district, which will be included in the coaches handbook.

The agreement between the two parties does not include a monetary settlement. Ball was seeking up to $200,000 in damages and a court order to compel the school to hire him as a coach.

According to a press release sent out by both parties, “The School District and Mr. Ball are hopeful this resolution will lead to an improved hiring process and a better experience for the student-athletes, school and community.”

Ball filed a suit against the district alleging age discrimination when he was not interviewed or hired as the girls basketball coach despite his numerous years of experience. Ball had been a coach at Riddle High School in the past and claimed he was not considered due to his age. He was 74 at the time the position was posted.

The suit was initially filed in Douglas County Circuit Court but it was moved to federal court on Nov. 28.

“The district appreciates the many ways that Mr. Ball has served in various coaching capacities for the school district,” according to the press release. “The parties look forward to putting this matter behind them.”

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