Title IX Gender Discrimination

Labor & Employment Law

Title IX Gender Discrimination in Education

What laws protect students from gender discrimination in education?

 Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) prohibits education systems, including primary and secondary schools (K-12) and post-secondary educational institutions (colleges and universities) and other schools from gender discrimination in education. Title IX has a wide reach as it protects both students as well as employees in academia.  Title IX also makes it illegal to retaliate against individuals who report gender discrimination in education or oppose of such unlawful conduct.

Examples of Title IX Protections:

Title IX seeks to guarantee equality between genders, including:

  • Access to higher education, especially in areas of study where women, including women of color, are and have been traditionally underrepresented.
  • Equal opportunity and access to athletics, including adequate funding of women’s sports; equal access to practice times, facilities, and transportation; access to scholarship monies; and pay equity among male and female coaches.
  • Education for pregnant and parenting students.
  • Equal Employment Opportunity based on gender as well as for the blind and visually impaired.

 What are some examples of unlawful practices under Title IX?

  • Sexual harassment.
  • Differential treatment in tenure, pay equity and pregnancy
  • Discrimination based on sexual orientation.
  • Denial of educational activities and programs based on gender as well as for the blind and visually impaired
  • Retaliation for complaining about discrimination.

What Title IX services does Sass Law Firm provide?

Attorney Adria Silva of Sass Law Firm assists employees and students through a school or university’s internal investigation of Title IX claims of discrimination or harassment-whether the student or employee is complaining about Title IX discrimination or Title IX harassment or is a witness in the investigation. In addition, Attorney Silva represents students and employees through Title IX administrative proceedings at the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), including facilitated resolution between parties (FRBP) or mediation. Attorney Silva also represents students and employees at the trial and appellate court levels regarding Title IX discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims. Attorney Silva also represents blind and visually impaired students who are denied participation in educational activities and programs.

The attorneys at Sass Law Firm specialize in litigating and representing employees in a variety of workplace matters from wrongful termination to wage disputes to negotiation of employment contracts. With over 30 years of experience behind us, the Sass Law Firm continues to advocate for employee rights.  If you are experiencing an issue with your employer and are looking for accurate and contemporary legal advice, the attorneys at Sass Law Firm are here to help.

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