Lady Vols official takes early retirement after suing school for retaliation, discrimination
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Jenny Moshak has retired as Tennessee's associate director of sports medicine, less than a year after she filed a lawsuit against the university for discrimination and retaliation.
"Due to the overall atmosphere since I raised issues of equality at the University of Tennessee and given the university's unwillingness to address the issues of discrimination and retaliation, I cannot continue my association with the university's athletic department," Moshak said in a statement released Friday by her lawyer, Keith D. Stewart.
Moshak also said in the statement that she took early retirement effective Thursday. Tennessee athletic department spokesman Jimmy Stanton confirmed Moshak's retirement but declined any further comment.
Moshak, former Tennessee associate strength and conditioning coach Heather Mason and former associate head strength and conditioning coach Collin Schlosser filed a suit in October saying the university set up a "testosterone wall" that prevented female employees from earning equal pay.
The complaint alleges that Moshak, Mason and Schlosser performed similar tasks as the employees who held similar positions for men's athletic teams, but that they received less compensation either because of their gender or because of their association with women's teams. The complaint also says Schlosser lost his job and that Moshak and Mason were demoted and had their staff reduced after each filed a discrimination complaint.
All three plaintiffs no longer work for the university. Mason was fired earlier this year, and school officials cited unsatisfactory job performance as their reason for dismissing her.
Moshak spent 24 years at Tennessee, where she directed all athletic training and rehabilitation for the women's basketball team.
"I will continue to pursue a career in sports medicine and also continue the fight for equality and justice within athletics," Moshak said in her statement. "I truly love the Lady Vols. I am honored to be a part of the rich tradition of Lady Vol athletics and even prouder to have supported the physical, mental and emotional development of women in sports and life."