RED BLUFF, Calif. - A Title IX complaint has been filed against Red Bluff Joint Union High School District (RBJUHSD) claiming that the school does not give female athletes equal access to sports programs and facilities.
Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 is a federal law that says no one in the U.S. should be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of or be the subject of discrimination in any education program or activity.
Female athletes at the high school are alleging that RBHS female students are being denied the same level of equipment, facilities and access as the male students at the school.
In the class action complaint, lawyers say that girls represent 52% of the student body at RBHS while boys represent 48% and yet only 38% of the athletic participation slots at RBHS are available to girls.
The complaint highlights several differences between the facilities for female and male athletes including things like the girls' softball field which the suit alleges has many holes that pose a danger to the players, while the boys' baseball field is well maintained.
On top of the field conditions, the court document says that the boy's baseball program has batting cages in a metal building with a roof where they can practice when it rains. While the girls' team are required to practice in the gym where they can not use softballs and must use Wiffle balls off of a tee. The girls' team made repeated requests to the District for use of the batting cages when the boys were not using them but they were denied.
The full court filing (attached) avers multiple instances of unfair treatment compared to the boy's athletics.