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Is a “Friendly Kiss” Sexual Harassment Under Title IX

Under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, discrimination on the basis of sex is strictly prohibited in all schools, institutions, programs, and educational activities that receive any amount of federal funding. The law is clear: Sexual harassment, which includes sexual misconduct, is a form of sex-based discrimination that violates Title IX. Of course,...

Does Title IX Apply to Events that Happened During an Academic or Summer Break?

Enacted in 1972, Title IX of the Education Amendments prohibits discrimination based on sex, including sexual harassment, in certain education programs and activities. Title IX protects not only students, but also faculty and staff members of qualifying educational institutions, whether they be enrolled in or employed by elementary or secondary schools, colleges or universities, private...

Does the Definition of Sexual Harassment Differ from School to School?

In 1972, Congress passed a comprehensive federal civil rights law known as Title IX, that prohibits sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, in education. This law applies to both students and staff of educational institutions and programs that receive federal funding, including not only local school districts, but also colleges, universities, and for-profit schools. To learn...

The Difference Between Bribery, Extortion, and Quid Pro Quo

Two federal crimes that have garnered national attention lately are bribery and extortion.  Many people wonder “what are the differences between bribery and extortion?” Consider these key differences and be sure to consult with an experienced attorney if you’re facing bribery or extortion charges yourself. Bribery Bribery is a white-collar crime. Per the Legal Information...

Why You Need a Criminal Defense Lawyer Near You

When you find yourself in an unfortunate situation and you are facing criminal charges, hefty fines and significant jail time, you need a criminal defense lawyer committed to taking the steps necessary to protect your rights. Many people are accused of criminal activity, and whether they face complex drug trafficking charges, or white-collar offenses such...
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