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Title IX case in California

A bench trial was held in 2010 in US District Court in the Southern District of California in a class-action suit brought on behalf of “all present and future Castle Park High School female students and potential students in the Sweetwater Union School District,” in Chula Vista. In portions of his 2012 ruling for the plaintiffs, Judge M. James Lorenz wrote:

“Title IX requires ‘equal treatment,’ which has been interpreted by the OCR [Office for Civil Rights] to require ‘equivalence in the availability, quality, and kinds of other athletic benefits and opportunities provided male and female athletes.’ ”

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“Equal treatment claims allege sex-based differences in the schedules, equipment, coaching, and other factors affecting participants in athletics.”

“The evidence provided at trial demonstrates that the quality, size, and location of the locker rooms were better for male athletes than female athletes at CPHS. Similarly, the evidence shows that male athletes have higher-quality practice and competitive facilities than female athletes.”

SOURCE: Veronica Ollier et al v. Sweetwater Union High School District et al

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