If you aren’t familiar with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, you should be. This section prohibits discrimination in an educational program or activity that receives financial assistance from the federal government. There are specific protections in Title IX that all parents should be aware of because these help protect their children.
Some of the important aspects of Title IX include specific prohibitions against treating people differently because of their appearance. It also protects students against sexual harassment, such as unwelcome sexual advances by professors, employees, researchers, teachers or other students, or sexual assault.
Title IX is there to encourage a safe, protected learning environment
The intention of Title IX is to make sure that students can attend school safely and without a fear of sexual discrimination. It protects students who wish to make a claim against someone for sexual discrimination, assault or harassment as well.
What are some common examples of Title IX violations?
A few Title IX violation examples include:
- Refusing to promote or advance a person because of a complaint that they filed for discrimination
- Striking back against a person as a result of their accusation
- Seeking revenge because a person filed a Title IX violation complaint
- Discriminating against someone who makes a complaint
- Bullying or intimidating someone because of their gender
These and other issues may result in Title IX violation claims.
What should you do if you believe that your child has been a victim of sexual discrimination?
If you believe that your child has been victimized and that their school or someone in it has not created a safe environment for them, then you may be able to make a Title IX claim. A claim may help you seek fair compensation for what your child has gone through and ask the court to reprimand and take action against the offending body.
Title IX is a federal rule, so it is not an optional rule for schools. Anyone who is facing this kind of treatment deserves to make a claim and to take action against those who are harming them or those around them.