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Supreme Court reinstates $300K award to ex-U of L track coach who filed sex harassment case

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FRANKFORT, Kentucky — The Kentucky Supreme Court has reinstated a jury's $300,000 award to a former Louisville assistant track coach who claimed she was fired for filing a sexual harassment complaint.

The Supreme Court on Thursday said Mary Banker is entitled to the award for emotional distress. But the ruling left in place the Court of Appeals' reversal of a $71,875 jury award for lost wages. The Supreme Court said Banker didn't show that she looked for work after being dismissed in 2008.

A $149,000 award for fees to Banker's lawyer was also reinstated Thursday.

Banker accused the University of Louisville Athletic Association of not renewing her contract because of her complaint. The association contended she wasn't a good coach and officials had discussed not renewing her contract before the complaint was filed.

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