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Fired Tennis Coach Fails to Show Others’ Slur Use Same as His

Oct. 25, 2021, 7:55 PM

Western Illinois University’s White, former head women’s tennis coach lacked evidence he was mistreated because of his race following an incident in which he used an anti-Black slur and after the school developed other concerns about his performance, a federal judge ruled.

Mirko Bjelica can’t prove Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act was violated because he failed to identify a Black co-worker who engaged in similar misconduct and was treated more favorably, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois said.

Bjelica was issued a letter of reprimand and ordered to undergo cultural sensitivity training after ...