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November 9, 2020

Are You Protected against Sexual Discrimination in School?

I.  What is Title IX and Who Does it Protect?

In 1972, Title IX, of  the United States Code, was enacted as part of the Education Amendments, for the purpose of ending sexual discrimination within institutions receiving federal funds. Many people mistakenly believe that Title IX only prohibits gender disparity in athletic sports.  However, Title IX is an expansive law which mandates that all federally funded education programs address and eliminate sexual discrimination.

II. Why Title IX is important?

Title IX is important because it provides legal recourse to individuals confronted with discriminatory behaviors.  Additionally, covered institutions must promptly respond and address reports of sexual harassment. The early drafts of Title IX legislation were written by U.S. Congresswomen Patsy Mink and Edith Green.

Title IX is an important piece of legislation that addresses sexual discrimination which was intentionally omitted in early civil rights laws. Title IX is also important for its recognition of sexual assault as a form of sexual discrimination. Sexual discrimination, harassment and abuse is illegal and unacceptable.  

If you or a family member are considering holding an abuser accountable, you may have a claim or cause of action based on violations of Title IX.

To learn more about the laws governing sexual, physical or emotional abuse, listen to the Legally Brief Podcast. Find the Legally Brief Podcast on Apple, Spotify or your favorite platform.

To speak with Judie Saunders, Esq., call 212-709-8141.

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