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What is Title IX? 50 Years of Preventing Discrimination


Title IX is a civil rights law focused on preventing educational discrimination, harassment, and retaliation based on sex. Learn more.

Title IX states that:

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.

This statute was part of the 1972 Education Amendments; it has now been just over 50 years since it was passed. However, many people are unaware of this key piece of federal law that still protects us today.

Getting to know Title IX (and your rights in general) can help you advocate for yourself when necessary. Read on to learn more about Title IX here and better understand the scenarios in which it takes effect.

If you’ve experienced sex-based discrimination, harassment, or retaliation in an educational setting, request a consultation with our Title IX abuse and discrimination team today.

What is the Purpose of Title IX?

Title IX has helped level the playing field in the educational world. A vast number of schools, colleges, and educational programs receive federal funding, and as such, are not permitted to discriminate in terms of admissions, scholarships, equipment provisions, and more.

Title IX also protects students against sexual harassment and assault. Everything from assault, to unwanted touching, to verbal harassment can impede students’ access to education and cause sex-based discrimination.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services clarifies that the “sex discrimination” Title IX protects against also includes pregnancy discrimination, sexual orientation discrimination, and gender identity discrimination.

If your experience took place outside of an educational establishment, we can still help. Turn to our sexual assault and abuse litigation team, which supports survivors of rape, unwanted touching, childhood abuse, incest, and other unwanted sexual activity.

Our Title IX Team

Our Title IX team is here to help you seek justice if you have faced sex-based discrimination or harassment in an educational setting.

Our team has deep experience handling Title IX cases against federally-funded institutions, such as the Liberty University Sexual Assault Lawsuit, in which we represent “Jane Doe” in her suit against Liberty University. On April 27, 2021, the plaintiff was raped by another Liberty student, in an off-campus student housing complex. In April 2022, our team filed a Complaint to hold Liberty University accountable for failing to investigate the reported incident or take protective measures.

Learn more about this case and read news stories on the topic to stay informed.

You’re Protected by Title IX and Our Team

Our team is here to help people of all ages, sexes, and genders enforce their rights under Title IX.  If you or a loved one have suffered harassment and discrimination in an educational setting or by a federally-funded institution, please contact Greenwald and Laake, P.A. to schedule a free consultation, and see how we can help you find justice.

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