Calhoun accused of sexual discrimination in lawsuit

Calhoun accused of sexual discrimination in lawsuit

Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun has been accused of sexual discrimination in a lawsuit by a former employee at the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford, Conn., the Division III school where the former Connecticut coach currently works.Jaclyn Piscitelli, a former associate athletic director at the school, filed the suit Wednesday in U.S. District court. Piscitelli alleges she was fired by the small Division III university after complaining about the conduct of men in the athletic department, including Calhoun.The 13-page complaint said the climate in the athletic department changed after Calhoun and assistant coach Glen Miller, who worked under Calhoun at UConn, joined the school in the summer of 2017.University spokesman Diana Sousa acknowledged the school is reviewing the lawsuit. She said the university doesn’t comment on pending litigation.Piscitelli also names former athletic director Bill Cardarelli in the suit, claiming he took no action when she brought forth allegations against Calhoun.Piscitelli said Calhoun turned the athletic department into a “male-dominated, hostile work environment” for women. Piscitelli said Calhoun once told her she was “hot.” She also said Calhoun forced her to clean up coffee grounds he spilled, saying his wife would do that for him.After lodging complaints, Piscitelli was fired by the university in mid-June. She claims her dismissal was in retaliation for speaking up.