Discrimination in Schools

Title IX

State and federal laws prohibit discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation. Schools have an
obligation to protect students, teachers, staff and other people within the school community. Schools
also have an obligation to ensure that its programs and curriculum are free of bias and prejudice.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 was the first comprehensive federal law to prohibit sex
discrimination against students and employees of educational institutions. It is one of several federal
and state antidiscrimination laws that define and ensure equality in education. The regulations
implementing Title IX, published in 1975, prohibit discrimination, exclusion, denial, limitation, or
separation based on gender. Title IX states:

“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.”

Title IX requires that each school district have at least one person designated as the Title IX Coordinator.

I have a Title IX complaint, what should I do first?

First and foremost, you should make sure you have people who can advocate for you as you work
through this Title IX process.

Second, it’s important to know your Title IX law rights as you begin the complaint process.

Finally, the next step is to look for an attorney. But what makes a good Title IX attorney?

  • Ask for Title IX attorney recommendations.
  • Look for Specialized Law Firms with Expertise in Title IX Law

Our Title IX experts and attorneys are uniquely effective counsel for survivors of sexual and gender
violence in schools, universities, fraternities, sororities, and the workplace and have the experience to
handle Title IX complaints anywhere in the country.
The Oliveros Law Group has been representing student victims of sexual assault and harassment for
over 15 years. We believe that everyone deserves an education free from sexual violence and that
schools should be held accountable to provide safe learning environments for their students.
Unfortunately, when biases favor perpetrators, or institutions put reputation or athletic success above
student welfare, survivors need strong advocates in their corner to ensure that schools respect their
rights under law. Under Title IX, students (and in many cases, their parents) may take legal action
against schools that ignore or enable problems of sexual assault and harassment. This can result in
monetary damages for survivors, as well as changes to the policies and culture at the institutions that
harmed them.

Our firm represents complainants in campus Title IX proceedings, champions survivors through civil
litigation, and advocates against gender discrimination. In addition to our expertise in Title IX litigation,
we offer across-the-board victim representation and are committed to providing client-centered,
trauma-informed service.

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