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Title IX: How Federal Law Protects Students Against Sex Discrimination

Title IX is a federal civil rights law that is designed to address sex-based discrimination, including discrimination based on sexual orientation and sexual identity at educational institutions in the United States. This may include sexual harassment, sexual assault or any form of sexual violence.

According to Title IX:

"No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation, in be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance."

Who Does Title IX Cover?

Title IX covers all students and staff in a wide range of institutions. According to the U.S. Department of Education, "Title IX applies to schools, local and state educational agencies, and other institutions that receive federal financial assistance from the Department. These recipients include approximately 17,600 local school districts, over 5,000 postsecondary institutions, and charter schools, for-profit schools, libraries, and museums. Also included are vocational rehabilitation agencies and education agencies of 50 states, the District of Columbia, and territories of the United States."

How Do Schools Comply With Title IX?

California Schools are required to stop sex-based discrimination, prevent it from happening on a recurring basis and address the consequences of discrimination. In practice, this means schools draft Title IX policies that prohibit discrimination and provide a mechanism for prompt and equitable grievance resolution.

Many California schools have a dedicated Title IX coordinator who is charged with monitoring compliance with the law and coordinating efforts to respond to Title IX incidents that occur on campus. Schools may take steps such as adjusting class schedules to keep students involved in a Title IX complaint separated, or they may offer counseling, or security escorts and may take punitive action against students who violate Title IX, up to and including expulsion.

How Do Law Firms Get Involved?

While schools and the Department of Education have resources in place to deal with Title IX incidents, students or staff members who are involved may also opt for private litigation. Law firms may litigate on behalf of students or staff members who were victimized by sex-based discrimination who believe they did not receive equitable treatment.

One key difference is that Title IX complaints that are administratively processed via schools and the Department of Education do not allow for recovery. Victims who are seeking financial compensation should speak to an experienced attorney who specializes in Title IX cases.

California victims of Title IX are encouraged to call Craig Charles Law today to speak with attorneys who have vast experience handling these often-complex legal issues. Our team of experienced professionals will provide you with a confidential, no-obligation consult today. It is important to remember that the law is on your side, and we are here to help you every step of the way. We are a gay friendly, LGBTQIA affirming law practice. Call us today at 424-343-0600, or submit a confidential inquiry.

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