Women’s Rights

Louisiana Attorney General to discuss lawsuit over alleged sexual harassment in his office

BY: - April 20, 2021

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has scheduled a press conference Tuesday to discuss “human resource issues” and a lawsuit he filed against newspaper reporter Andrea Gallo after she sought records related to sexual misconduct allegations in Landry’s office, The Advocate reported Monday night. Landry will talk the day after he declined to appear before the […]

Bill seeks to make it easier for abuse victims to get restraining orders

BY: - April 19, 2021

Brandi Melissa told the Louisiana House Committee on Civil Law and Procedure Monday about the abuse she and her mother suffered throughout their lives at the hands of her father, whom she called her “sperm contributor.” “Not only was I conceived of sexual violence,” Melissa said to the committee, “a hole in my brain literally […]

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LSU president says staff could be moved around — not fired — as a result of scandal

BY: - April 15, 2021

LSU interim president Tom Galligan said Wednesday that he may change up the job duties of some staff members following the coverup of sexual misconduct and abuse at Louisiana’s flagship university, but he again stopped short of saying anyone would be fired as a result of the scandal. “I would anticipate … that there may […]

‘We all deserve to keep our children’: Grieving grandmother calls attention to state’s high infant, maternal mortality rates

BY: - April 14, 2021

Argarette Weatherspoon-Collins told the Louisiana Senate Committee on Health and Welfare Wednesday that her daughter Jessica, then 6 months pregnant, went to see a doctor in March 2020  and when she was turned away because her insurance had just lapsed, went to an emergency room where her blood pressure registered 280/190. Twenty minutes later, Weatherspoon-Collins […]

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LSU says new Title IX policies will soon be in place

BY: - April 10, 2021

LSU will have new civil rights and Title IX policies by July 15 that will spell out the reporting process for sexual misconduct, list the people who must report such misconduct and codify sanctions for employees who don’t report misconduct, Jane Cassidy, the Interim Vice President of Civil Rights & Title IX at LSU, told […]

LSU students to legislature: ‘I have never felt safe on campus’

BY: - April 8, 2021

Students at LSU expressed their fear and frustration with the university to women lawmakers Thursday, saying that they didn’t feel safe on campus and were hurt and embarrassed that their school put money over the care of its students. “I came (to LSU) with the expectation I would be safe on campus, and I’m not,” […]

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LSU officials will not testify on sexual and domestic violence scandal Thursday

BY: and - April 7, 2021

LSU officials will not testify Thursday before a group of women lawmakers in the Louisiana Legislature about the mishandling of sexual misconduct and domestic violence at the university. The lawmakers had formally invited several LSU officials — including LSU football Coach Ed Orgeron — to appear at a hearing of the Senate Select Committee on […]

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‘What happened to Ms. Scott in 2017 is unequivocally wrong,’ says LSU Coach Ed Orgeron

BY: and - April 6, 2021

LSU head football Coach Ed Orgeron and Athletics Director Scott Woodward will not appear in person before women lawmakers in the Louisiana Legislature this week to talk about the ongoing sexual and domestic violence scandal at the university. The problems have centered, in part, on how the Athletics Department has handled allegations made against football […]

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LSU Athletics administrator alleges more racism, sexism in department, USA TODAY reports

BY: - April 6, 2021

LSU Athletics officials harassed Sharon Lewis, the school’s associate director of football recruiting, when she complained about racist and sexist behavior, particularly behavior coming from former LSU football Coach Les Miles, according to reporting from the USA TODAY newspaper. Attorneys for Lewis said they plan to file a federal Title IX lawsuit, a state whistleblower […]

Louisiana lawmaker wants to prevent teaching on systemic racism, sexism

BY: - April 6, 2021

Louisiana Rep. Ray Garofalo, R-Chalmette, the chairman of the House Education Committee, introduced a bill that would prohibit Louisiana’s elementary and secondary schools as well as universities from providing training or teaching on systemic racism and sexism in society.  If passed, the legislation would prohibit teaching or training that “either the United States of America […]

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LSU Coach Ed Orgeron declined to discipline Guice for alleged sex harassment, woman says

BY: - March 26, 2021

Gloria Scott, now 74, says LSU football Coach Ed Orgeron and several LSU athletics officials ignored her requests to discipline former star running back Derrius Guice three years ago after he had allegedly sexually harassed her while she was working at the Superdome. “I have never felt so embarrassed,” Scott told women lawmakers about Guice’s […]

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Louisiana pays $52k to woman who says former New Orleans judge groped her

BY: - March 26, 2021

An executive assistant in the Orleans Criminal District Court said she was sitting at her desk talking to the state office that handles employee health care benefits over the phone, when she felt someone else’s finger creep up her side and start touching the middle of her chest. She jumped, looked up and saw then-Judge […]