Nationwide Title IX Workplace Employment Discrimination Attorneys
Protecting the workplace rights of employees and student-employees of educational institutions
Although Title IX is most often of thought of as pertaining to gender discrimination in athletics, the law also applies to schools in other areas including employment. Specifically, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 broadly prohibits discrimination against individuals on the basis of sex in educational institutions that receive federal funds of any kind. Such institutions include colleges and universities, local school districts, for-profit schools and charter schools. Additionally, Title IX applies to federally-funded educational programs at museums, libraries, prisons, and other institutions.
Title IX attorneys Felice Duffy and Paul Thomas are passionate about enforcing Title IX provisions to address and eliminate workplace discrimination in educational institutions. If you believe your rights have been violated in your role as an employee or student-employee, please call Duffy Law, LLC at 203-946-2000 today for a consultation.
Types of Discrimination and Harassment
Employees and student-employees have many different rights under Title IX, including the right to be free from gender discrimination and sexual harassment. The law defining exactly what constitutes workplace discrimination and harassment based on sex is complex, but at its essence, it’s “treating someone . . . unfavorably because of that person’s sex.” The federal EEOC’s introductory page puts it this way: “The law forbids discrimination when it comes to any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, and any other term or condition of employment.”
Effects of Workplace Discrimination and Harassment
If you’ve suffered workplace discrimination or harassment, you know the impact. From psychological and emotional distress to the foreclosing of future career opportunities, the personal and economic consequences can be devastating and life-long. Yet, knowing what to do about it can be overwhelming given that you’re going up against an educational institution and its array of HR, administrative, and legal resources.
Employees Rights Under Title IX
Fortunately, Title IX protects you as a full-time or part-time employee of your school (again, assuming it receives federal funds of any kind) against gender discrimination and sexual harassment regardless of your position, title, job description, or length of employment.
Student Employee Rights Under Title IX
Undergraduate and graduate students who are functionally “employed” by their educational institution are also protected by Title IX whether they get a paycheck or financial credit in exchange for their work. Examples of such employee status include work study students, medical resident students, and graduate teaching assistants.
Important Distinctions Between Title VII and Title IX Protections
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is our nation’s main law preventing employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin. However, there are several important distinctions between Title VII and Title IX when the claimed discrimination or harassment takes place in an educational institution including different timelines and procedural requirements for filing and proving a claim. An experienced Title IX attorney will explain these distinctions as they apply to your situation.
Schedule a Consultation with a Nationwide Title IX Attorney Today
Attorneys Duffy and Thomas are steadfastly committed to the cause of Title IX, and have long-standing experience with Title IX actions. You can discuss your situation with them by calling 203-946-2000.