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Dance teacher fired over use of pop hit claims discrimination

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MARSHFIELD, Wis. (WKOW) -- A Wisconsin school dance coach who was fired after her team performed a dance to an edited version of the hit song "Blurred Lines" has filed a discrimination complaint with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

Coach Lisa Joling claims male coaches, who allowed more egregious songs to be played in locker rooms or at school functions, faced no penalties.

Joling told News-Herald Media her firing has hurt her reputation and the private business she owns.

Robin Thicke's hit "Blurred Lines" topped the Billboard 100 chart for 12 weeks, but critics argued the sexually-suggestive lyrics perpetuate misogynistic attitudes toward women.

The dance team performed to the song at the school's first home football game last season.

Marshfield School District Superintendent Peg Geegan says the district is reviewing Joling's complaint.

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