It looks like the U.S. Tennis Association has some serious explaining to do, and unfortunately our fantasy of the man-candy pictured above just won't answer everything!!
Former umpire Laura Mattson is suing the USTA's Pacific Northwest Section for $5.6 million for gender discrimination and wrongful termination.
According to the lawsuit, she claims she was not allowed to officiate higher ranked events due to her gender, and the jobs were usually given to less qualified males instead.
Laura says she complained about it, and she allegedly got a response from an USTA official that read:
"Here's my problem. Those Senior Men seem to have issues with female officials. It has nothing to do with any specific official…It just seems to work better with male umpires."
The letter goes on to say:
"It's not necessarily 'right,' but that is how it is. I get lots of complaints from old men that aren't necessarily related to the officiating work being done…It's just a bunch of sexist old men."
Laura also claims she received unfair punishment after failing to document an account of a disputed call she had with a coach back in February 2012, and she was suspended for six months!
After her suspension, she says the USTA didn't assign her to any events until August 15th, 2013, and she estimates that she missed out on about 95% of the events in 2012-2013 season!
Yikes! Like we said earlier, it sounds like the USTA has some serious explaining to do!
[Image via Julio Cortez/AP Images.]
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