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Former Coach Files Discrimination Complaint

  • Written by Bob Gabrielson
  • Published in News

(4/30/14) A former Marshfield High School dance coach who was fired after her squad performed to the racy Robin Thicke hit "Blurred Lines" has filed a discrimination complaint.

 Lisa Joling took her case to the state Department of Workforce Development, saying that male coaches allow more egregious songs at school functions without getting penalized.  Joling tells the Marshfield News-Herald that a business she owns in the community has been affected.  She said her reputation took a hit after school officials said she was not fired because of the song.  The News-Herald said a performance review showed that Joling was a positive influence on her team during the one year she was there.  She called the termination "a little extreme," especially because she never had previous problems or warnings.  The dance coach was let go last fall, after her squad performed an edited version of "Blurred Lines" at Marshfield's first home football game last fall.  Superintendent Peg Geegan says the district is investigating the complaint, but she said officials are confident that the termination was "consistent with legal standards and in the best interest of students."

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