Women from Lethbridge Pronghorns hockey team launch $1M suit against university

August 27, 2018

Four players from the University of Lethbridge’s women’s hockey team have launched a $1M lawsuit against the university, ULethbridge Sports Executive Director Ken McInnes, and team coach Michelle Janus for harassment and intimidation. The players allege that Janus made abusive remarks to players and allowed bullying, and that the university and McInnes did not do enough when the concerns were raised as early as 2015. The players are seeking $1M in general damages, $120K in punitive damages, aggravated damages of $50K, unspecified damages due to loss of scholarships and other expenses, and compensation for all legal costs. ULethbridge issued a statement saying that it would not comment on the lawsuit, but notes that it underwent a comprehensive investigation upon receiving the prior complaints and undertook a series of actions to ensure an appropriate environment for student athletes. CBC | Lethbridge Herald