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Over the last century, the United States has made major strides toward gender equality. Unfortunately, women can still be targeted for unfair or sexist treatment on the basis of gender. Men can also become the victims of gender discrimination. Transgendered individuals face especially high rates of discriminatory treatment, and in some cases, even physical violence. People from all sorts of backgrounds can be targeted, placing them in fear for their safety and filling their daily lives with stress. At The Law Office of Andrew Shubin, we are dedicated to giving a voice to the victims of gender discrimination at colleges and universities, fighting for justice and civil rights while aggressively seeking financial compensation.
If you were harassed, threatened, or treated unfairly while attending college classes or teaching a course, you may have grounds to file a lawsuit if you were targeted due to your sex or gender identity. You should discuss your legal rights with a dedicated and experienced gender discrimination attorney for college students and professors, like Andrew Shubin, to determine whether you have a claim. To arrange a free legal consultation, call The Law Office of Andrew Shubin at (814) 826-3586, or contact us online today.
What is Gender Discrimination?
Gender discrimination is also referred to as “sex discrimination” or “sex-based discrimination.” Some gender discrimination occurs in the workplace, while other incidents take place in academic settings like public or private colleges and universities.
The term “gender discrimination” refers broadly to harassment, intimidation, bullying, or other unfair or discriminatory treatment directed toward college students or professors on the basis of their gender, gender identity, or gender expression. Gender discrimination can come from or be directed toward men, women, or transgendered individuals, regardless of either party’s age, sex, or relationship to one another. If the victim is being treated unfavorably because of their gender, it may be a case of illegal gender discrimination.
What Laws Protect Students and Professors Against Gender Discrimination?
Fortunately, there are various state and federal laws against gender discrimination. In addition, most colleges and universities have adopted their own internal rules and policies prohibiting sex discrimination. While these laws and policies do not always succeed in preventing discrimination from occurring, they do provide certain protections and remedies for the victims, who in some cases may be entitled to compensation.
One of the broadest and most famous laws against discrimination is Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a federal law banning employment discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, or religion. Title VII often arises in workplace discrimination claims, such as claims filed by university employees against their employers. In cases that involve academic settings (as opposed to the victim’s workplace), the more relevant law is Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, codified at 20 U.S.C. § 1681 through § 1688. Title IX prohibits sex- or gender-based discrimination at any college, university, or educational program supported by federal funding.
People or institutions that violate anti-discrimination laws can face fines and other penalties – and moreover, may owe compensation to the victims. The next section discusses gender discrimination lawsuits against colleges and universities that engage in Title IX violations.
Can You Sue for Gender Discrimination in Education?
The short answer to this question is possibly, depending on factors like when the discrimination occurred and the nature of the circumstances that unfolded. It’s also important to keep in mind that different regulations affect public and private universities, which can impact your claim and the deadlines for filing. Depending on the nature of your claim, you may be able to recover various “damages,” or compensation for out-of-pocket losses and other harm you suffered due to the discriminatory treatment.
Even if you are not positive as to whether you have a claim, it is worth discussing the situation with a Title IX attorney to learn about your rights and determine your next steps. Your initial consultation with The Law Office of Andrew Shubin is completely free of charge, and we will keep your information confidential. If you were the victim of sex discrimination at college, we are here to act as your ally, fighting aggressively to recover the compensation you are owed.
Title IX Lawyer for Gender Discrimination at Colleges and Universities
No matter what gender you may express or identify with, you deserve a safe and respectful environment when you are teaching or attending college courses. If you are being harassed, threatened, or discriminated against at college due to your sex or gender, you may have a right to sue your harassers, enabling you to pursue compensation while sending a message that discrimination will not be tolerated. For a free legal consultation about your Title IX rights and gender discrimination lawsuits in education, contact The Law Office of Andrew Shubin online, or call today at (814) 826-3586.