Lawsuit claims female high school athletes unequally treated

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HONOLULU (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii has filed a federal class-action lawsuit on behalf of two female high school athletes, claiming they are being unequally treated based on their gender.

The lawsuit filed Thursday against the state Department of Education and the Oahu Interscholastic Association claims the female athletes at James Campbell High School "experience grossly unequal treatment, benefits and opportunities in relation to male athletes."

The suit says the high school does not have a locker room facility for female athletes, so the girls must find alternative places to change, like teachers' closets or restaurant bathrooms.

It also claims other disparities, including game scheduling, travel opportunities and funding.

The state Department of Education declined comment, citing the pending litigation and noting it has not been served the lawsuit.

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