Title IX Lawyer in Cary, NC
Here at the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood we believe that equality and privacy are deserved by each and every one of our clients — regardless of religion, race or gender. In 1972 Title IX, a law passed by congress that requires gender equity for boys and girls in every educational program that receives federal funding, was enacted to protect the rights of both females and males.
Under Title IX regulation, students, staff or faculty who feel that they have been taken advantage of sexually, either through sexual assault or sexual harassment, receive protection of their rights. Despite efforts by congress to foster a safe environment for both males and females on educational campuses, students, staff and faculty — both male and female — face sexual assault or harassment daily.
Educational institutions, whether those intended for adolescent learning or those of higher education, should feel like a safe place for individuals who learn or work there. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. If you feel that you have been violated through sexual harassment or assault at your educational institution, you have rights. Title IX not only protects you on campus, but may also protect you off campus, if the incident occurred in connection to an educational activity or program.
In recent years, Title IX has been revised to allow those who have been accused of sexual assault or harassment, who believe they are innocent, to retaliate. Retaliation claims are often filed by coaches or athletic officials, but may also be filed by students.
Though often recognized in sexual assault and athletics case, Title IX addresses 10 key areas of the law, including:
- Access to Higher Education
- Career Education
- Education for Pregnant & Parenting Students
- Learning Environment
- Math & Science
- Sexual Harassment
- Standardized Testing
What Are Title IX Violations?
Title IX violations are any civil rights violations on the basis of sex and gender. This includes abuse, harassment, bullying, and discrimination based on gender. Unfortunately, Title IX cases regarding gender discrimination are all too common. Examples of these violations include derogatory or sexist comments, stalking, sexual misconduct, and sexual assault.
How to File a Title IX Complaint
If you believe that there has been a violation of Title IX, it’s important to seek legal counsel. A complaint must be filed within 180 days of the incident. Your complaint should include as much detail and evidence as possible. This includes when and where the incident took place, who was involved, and the names of any other witnesses that may have additional information. Under the direction of your Title IX attorney, you can file your complaint at the US Department of Education. Next, an investigation of the complaint will take place. When Title IX investigations indicate that there was a violation, the OCR will seek to obtain voluntary compliance. If the guilty party does not comply, the OCR will initiate enforcement action and refer the case to the Department of Justice.
Who Can File a Title IX Complaint?
Anyone who believes they have witnessed a violation of Title IX can file a complaint. You do not have to be the victim to file a complaint. You may file a complain if the violations are creating a hostile environment or on the behalf of a person or group of people who are the victims of the complaint.
Contact Our Sexual Assault and Discrimination Lawyers in Cary, NC
If you feel you have been sexually assaulted, harassed or discriminated against because of your gender, our skilled and professional attorney at the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood is here to defend your rights under Title IX protection.
Whether you are a student, faculty member or staff member at an educational institution that receives federal funding, you are protected under Title IX. Should you feel that your experience in education has been compromised as a result of sexual assault or discrimination, call on the professional at the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood to help you fight for the rights you deserve.