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SUHSD gender equity lawsuit ruling upheld

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PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - A federal appeals court says a San Diego County school district gave unequal treatment to female athletes.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday upheld a lower court ruling that found the Sweetwater Union High School District violated federal gender-equity laws.

Girls' softball players from Castle Park High School sued the district in 2007.

The players argued that their Chula Vista facilities were inferior to those for male athletes and they had fewer chances to play. They also claimed the firing of their softball coach was retaliation for complaints.

A call seeking comment from a district representative wasn't immediately returned Friday.

However, the district previously has said it's committed to gender equity.

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