LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Seven members of Mt. San Antonio College’s women’s track team is suing the college and its athletics staff, alleging sexual harassment by a former assistant coach.
Former Assistant Coach Carlos Moore was accused of inappropriate conduct both on and off the campus. The lawsuit, which was filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, also names Mt. SAC Athletic Director Joe Jennum, head coaches Doug Todd and Mike Goff and Assistant Coach Ernie “Dr. G” Gregoire.
The athletes claim they were subject to sexual harassment by Moore for a year and a half. The lawsuit also alleges sexual battery, negligence, retaliation, false imprisonment, gender discrimination and both intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress.
The seven plaintiffs, who are identified only by their initials, are asking for unspecified damages.
All seven young women began attending the community college, which is located in Walnut, in August 2010. They claim the harassment began a month after they began at Mt.SAC, and that the abuse has continued until March of this year.
Moore harassed the woman with text messages, by inappropriately touching them and by keeping them against their will in areas of the Mt. SAC athletic department, according to the lawsuit.
The track team members were also allegedly harassed by Moore off-campus while competing with other schools.
Mt. SAC administrators knew or should have known about Moore’s “propensities regarding his inappropriate sexual contact with students,” but failed to supervise him or remove him from his position, the suit alleges.
After the women complained about Moore, they were given poor performance evaluations and were prevented from taking part in track team events, according to their complaint.
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