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Lacrosse league accused of gender discrimination

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NEW CANAAN, CT (WFSB) -

A youth lacrosse league in Fairfield County is facing a lawsuit saying it discriminates against girls.

Dr. Claudia Harris, of New Canaan, filed the lawsuit in Stamford Superior Court against the New Canaan Lacrosse Association after she said she tried for more than a year to develop a safer, more equitable lacrosse league for children.

In addition to the discrimination, the suit also discusses how some NCLA board members created an unhealthy environment for the children, including allegations of bullying and the use of unsafe practices in the field.

Harris, who is also a youth coach and a former high school and college lacrosse player, said she was dismissed as a coach and board member in 2010 without just cause.

She said she was fired for raising issues of gender equality and the creation of the unsafe environment for children to leaders of the league's Board of Directors.

"After more than a year of our efforts to try and get this resolved quietly, we feel we have no alternative now but to pursue the legal route," Harris said.  "However, I still remain hopeful that we can find a way to resolve this amicably and fairly, in the best spirit of youth sports."

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