Do you believe that you have been discriminated against because of your sex? If so, you may not be sure about what counts as sex discrimination under the law. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, sex discrimination occurs when an applicant or employee is not treated properly because of their sex.
“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,” according to the Commission.
The Commission also states that it’s against the law to harass someone because of their sex. Harassment includes requesting sexual favors, making unwanted sexual advances, and engaging in other forms of verbal or physical harassment that are sexual in nature.
What is Title IX?
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) is the government agency that enforces Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. If someone is discriminated against because of their sex in an education program or other activity that receives federal financial assistance, then the victim would be protected under Title IX.
Under 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 applies to thousands of educational institutions, including:
- Charter schools
- For-profit schools
- Vocational rehabilitation agencies
- Education agencies
- State educational agencies that receive federal financial assistance
- Local educational agencies that receive federal financial assistance
If an educational program receives U.S. Department of Education (ED) funds, it must operate in a non-discriminatory manner. This non-discriminatory rule applies to counseling, financial assistance, athletics, sexual harassment, employment, single-sex education, pregnant students, and students with children.
Do you believe that you were discriminated against at an educational institution based on any of the above reasons? If so, we encourage you to contact The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC to learn more about filing a Title IX claim. We look forward to helping you!