Title IX requires colleges and universities who receive federal money to stop sexual harassment or violence on their campuses. Under this law, colleges and universities must have policies and procedures in place for students to make complaints and for the institution to address those complaints. The school must thoroughly investigate the complaint, and then inform those students of the outcome. And, students, administrators, teachers and coaches MUST be free from retaliation for making or supporting those complaints.
Philip Gordon of the Gordon Law Group, along with Elizabeth Rodgers of Rodgers, Powers & Schwartz are among the leading attorneys representing individuals who have suffered retaliation for making complaints or insisting that their university comply with Title IX’s requirements. While there remain many facets to Title IX, they focus specifically in sexual assault, sexual harassment and retaliation claims against colleges and universities.
Most recently, one of their clients, Dr. Kimberly Theidon filed a complaint against Harvard University for, among other things, denying her tenure in retaliation for supporting students complaining of Harvard’s failures to support victims of sexual assaults and gender violence on campus. [HuffPost Article] Dr. Theidon acted as an unofficial confidante for victims of sexual assault, and an advocate for Title IX compliance, and her career was ultimately penalized for her show of support.
If you are suffering from sexual violence, harassment or retaliation on campus, Title IX may protect you.
For more information on Title IX and how we might help you, contact us.
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