Title IX And Title VII Claims In Education Litigation
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 have simple language and intent – but have broad implications for educators. Title VII forbids all employers – including schools – from employment practices that discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion or national origin. Title IX forbids educational institutions from receiving federal funding from excluding any student from programs or benefits on the basis of sex.
The Supreme Court has broadened the interpretation of this statute to require schools to remedy hostile school environments or face the consequences of violation. Schools that are found in violation of federal law risk losing their funding. With such high stakes, administrators need seasoned professionals to ensure compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. For school districts, colleges and universities, that means enforcing policies to prevent sexual violence against women on their campuses, ensuring that the reporting of sexual harassment is met with immediate action and providing a non-hostile environment to all sexes as much as possible.
Regarding Title VII, that also means taking precautions to ensure that application, hiring, promotion, and termination practices do not treat or impact people of all sexes, races, colors, religions, and national origins differently. While this seems simple on the surface, ensuring compliance with Title VII is often ambiguous and complex to laypeople – and can leave your school open to discrimination lawsuits.
Why Choose Duffy North?
At Duffy North, our education law practice is spearheaded by attorney Joshua Ganz – a Hatboro employment law attorney with nearly 20 years of education litigation experience. He has represented large government institutions, school districts and townships all over Pennsylvania since 2000. He has represented clients in every stage of litigation, served as the daily adviser for nationwide entities and provided critical counsel for regulatory and compliance issues.