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Title IX & Discrimination

Posted On 05/03/16

Public Justice, America’s premier Public Interest Law Firm, has effectively utilized Title IX to convince Colleges and Universities to reinstate women’s sports teams that have been cancelled.

However, Title IX, the Federal anti-discrimination law, can be used to protect against other types of discrimination. Adele Kimmel, a senior attorney with Public Justice, was quoted in the New York Times (as she has become increasingly nationally recognized as an expert in this area) in a story about how some Universities are refusing to take action against fraternities for rapes (on the theory that the fraternity is off campus). Ms. Kimmel helps explain how this kind of repulsive policy encourages violence against women AND is illegal. Read the full story here.

Ms. Kimmel has also been working on the issue of how Title IX’s protection against gender discrimination should also help protect against actions taken to target LGBT students, and particularly transgender students. The Fourth Circuit recently issued a decision in favor of a transgender teen in a case about access to a school bathroom. Click here to read the blog that Ms. Kimmel wrote for the Huffington Post, about this decision. It helps explain how the Fourth Circuit decision puts at risk States that are passing laws targeting transgender students (the so-called bathroom bills) – they may well be running afoul of Title IX and other federal anti-discrimination statutes.

Author: Stanley J. Marks
Publication Date: May 3, 2016