USA Weightlifting uses an independent Ethics Committee model, who act as the investigatory body. The Committee is made up for four independent and disinterested individuals and one Elite Athlete Representative.

In the event the Ethics Committee finds that there is likely a breach of the Code of Ethics, the Ethics Committee will refer the matter to the Judicial Committee for a hearing.

 

Decisions of the Ethics Committee are appealable to the Judicial Committee, and a member also has the right to call for arbitration under the American Arbitration Association

 

For full details of the process please see the USA Weightlifting Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct.

 

For matters regarding Sexual Abuse, please contact the US Center for SafeSport at www.safesport.org

For matters regarding Anti-Doping, please contact the US Anti-Doping Agency at www.usada.org

 

The following catalogs decisions of the Ethics Committee since the new process was introduced to the USA Weightlifting bylaws in June 2017, with the purpose of establishing precedent.

Those individuals who are currently sanctioned by USA Weightlifting, the US Center for SafeSport, US Anti-Doping Agency, IWF, IWF Masters or any other related body can be found HERE.

 

Case #

Outline

Outcome

Status

Status Date

1

Allegation of Emotional & Physical Abuse

Referred to Judicial Committee

Closed - Judicial Committee

10/07/2017

2

Complaint and Counter Complaint regarding LWC Issues

Referred to Judicial Committee

Closed - Judicial Committee

03/27/2017

3

Referred case from USA Powerlifting regarding sexual harassment

Closed – Jurisdiction, case referred to the US Center for SafeSport who accepted Jurisdiction in this case.

Closed - Dismissed

05/16/2018

4

Allegation of promotion of inappropriate weight cutting techniques by an athlete.

Closed – Dismissed. The Ethics Committee instructed USA Weightlifting to remind the individual of the logo use policy.

Closed – Dismissed

05/01/2018

5

Appeal against administrative decision regarding program sites

Closed – Dismissed

Closed – Dismissed

05/07/2018

6

Allegation of disrespectful body language towards a member of the LWC by an LWC President

Closed – Dismissed

Closed – Dismissed

03/19/2018

7

Allegation of inappropriate behavior towards an athlete by a coach

Closed – Dismissed. The Ethics Committee instructed USA Weightlifting to remind the coach regarding the behavior towards the athlete, however since the issue was a private matter it did not violate the Code of Ethics

Closed – Dismissed

06/20/2018

8

Allegation of mis-use of funding designed for Elite Athlete use being retained by a former gym

Closed – Dismissed, Unfounded

Closed – Dismissed

06/21/2018

9

Allegation of falsification of meet results – Athlete

Closed – Athlete was found that there was falsified results but the investigation found that this was exclusively the responsibility of the coach. Athlete results removed from the qualification event and National event by agreement

Closed – Dismissed

10/01/2018

10

Allegation of falsification of meet results – Athlete

Closed – Referred to Judicial Committee

Closed – Judicial Committee

10/01/2018

11

Allegation of hateful speech using social media in regards to the actions of President Trump

Closed – Dismissed

Closed – Dismissed

06/21/2018

12

Allegation of competition safety violation.

Closed – Dismissed

Closed – Dismissed

6/13/2018

13

Allegation of stealing business via the use of a 3rd-party programming app

Closed – Referred to 3rdparty provider for their terms and conditions. The Ethics Committee did not receive communication from the 3rdparty provider.

Closed – Dismissed

04/02/2018

14

Allegation of being forced to strip down during a weigh in, per the rules of the day (2014)

Closed – National Office instructed to remind the Technical Official of the appropriate rules and behavior.

The case was initially referred to the US Center for SafeSport, who referred the case back to the NGB.

Closed – Dismissed

02/03/2018

15

Allegation of issues relating to participation in a club, and a club removing the athletes.

Closed – Withdrawn by Complainant.

The case was initially referred to the US Center for SafeSport because of the use of a word which would be associated with child sexual abuse. The remainder of the complaint did not have a sexual component and the case was referred back to the NGB.

Closed – Withdrawn

 

16

Allegations of emotional and physical abuse requiring immediate intervention.

Immediate referral to Judicial Committee

Referral to Judicial Committee

09/14/2018

17

Allegations of inappropriate professional behavior by an individual on social media.

Referral to Judicial Committee

Judicial Committee

06/03/2019

18

Allegation of meet safety issues in a USA Weightlifting sanctioned competition.

Closed – Dismissed. The Ethics Committee instructed USA Weightlifting to remind the meet director to consult the best practices document for future competitions.

Closed – Dismissed

06/03/2019

19

Allegation of inappropriate behavior during a USA Weightlifting Coaching Course.

Closed – Dismissed. The issue was referred to USA Weightlifting to deal with the instructor under the contractor agreement since the issue occurred in this context. The individual has been removed as an Instructor.

 

The case was initially referred to the US Center for SafeSport because of the use of a word which would be associated with sexual misconduct.

Closed – Dismissed

06/03/2019

20

Allegation of sanctioned individual violating the terms of their sanction.

Closed – Jurisdiction. The issue was referred to the US Center for SafeSport who implemented the sanction. The US Center for SafeSport asserted their exclusive authority over the matter.

Closed – Jurisdiction

06/03/2019

21

Allegation of factually incorrect statements about statements against another individual

Closed – Dismissed. A member of the Ethics Committee did speak to the individual to ensure the facts were corrected.

Closed – Dismissed

06/03/2019

22

Allegation of a death threat made against a staff member.

Referred to the Judicial Committee

Closed - Withdrawn

06/03/2019

23

Allegation of inappropriate social media posts against athletes in a public forum

Referred to the Judicial Committee

Judicial Committee

 

24

Allegation of inappropriate use of language during an international team event.

Closed – Dismissed. The Ethics Committee found that the behavior was inappropriate, the matter was dealt with at the event to the satisfaction of the offended party, who was not the complaining party. The Ethics Committee instructed USA Weightlifting to remind the team concerned regarding thoughtful behavior and respect towards each other in future events.

Closed - Dismissed

06/03/2019

25

Allegation of inappropriate use of language during an international team event.

Closed – Dismissed. The Ethics Committee found that the behavior was inappropriate, the matter was dealt with at the event to the satisfaction of the offended party, who was not the complaining party. The Ethics Committee instructed USA Weightlifting to remind the team concerned regarding thoughtful behavior and respect towards each other in future events.

Closed - Dismissed

06/03/2019

 

Decisions of the Judicial Committee (note this excludes interim suspension decisions).

Case #

Outline

Outcome

Status

Status Date

3

Allegation against coach of falsification of meet results

Sanction implemented

Sanction implemented

 

4

Allegation of a death threat made against a staff member.

Referred to the Judicial Committee

Closed - Withdrawn

06/03/2019