A former women’s basketball coach at San Diego State University won a wrongful-termination lawsuit on Wednesday, and a jury awarded her $3.35 million in damages, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The coach, Beth Burns, said in her lawsuit that the university had fired her after she complained of violations of Title IX, the federal gender-equity law, in the basketball program. Ms. Burns, the winningest coach in the university’s history, was dismissed in 2013 shortly after her team won more games in a season than any of its predecessors, the Times reported. She had received a contract extension just a few months before that.

The university said it had fired Ms. Burns for what an internal investigation found was a “history” of mistreating her staff, an inquiry that her lawyers said had the goal of finding an excuse to dismiss her. The pattern of behavior, the university said, culminated in an incident in which she elbowed an assistant coach — accidentally, she said — during a 2013 game.

The California State University campus was not accused of violating Title IX in the monthlong trial in San Diego Superior Court, only of retaliating against Ms. Burns for complaining that the basketball program was not complying with the federal law.

Ms. Burns is now an assistant head coach at the University of Southern California.

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