If you are employed by an institution that receives federal funding, it is imperative you know that you are protected from discrimination under Title IX. However, many employees don’t realize that Title IX protections are not just for students.
Brown Kwon & Lam explains.
What is Title IX?
As defined by the Office of Civil Rights, Title IX “protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance. 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.”
While we often think Title IX only applies to education, it moves much further than that.
Title IX applies to institutions that receive federal financial assistance, including state and local educational agencies. These agencies include local school districts, postsecondary institutions, and charter schools, for-profit schools, libraries, and museums.
Not only is it discriminatory to act wrongly against a student or other individual utilizing the organization, but when it comes to the hiring and firing of staff to those places.
Common Title IX Issues
Common issues institutions and businesses experience under Title IX involve:
- Recruitment, admissions, and counseling
- Financial assistance
- Sex-based harassment
- Treatment of pregnant and parenting students, staff;
- Single-sex education
Employees Rights Under Title IX
As a full or part-time employee at a federally funded school or program, Title IX protects you against gender discrimination and sexual harassment regardless of your position, title, job description, or length of employment.
Undergraduate and graduate students who are employed by their educational institution are also protected by Title IX whether they get a paycheck or financial credit in exchange for their work. This includes work-study students, medical resident students, and graduate teaching assistants.
The Difference Between Title VII and Title IX Protections
Many individuals wonder what the difference between Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and Title IX is. In essence, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is the main federal law preventing employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin.
While the difference does not lie in the protections, it’s more so in procedural matters and the timelines in which the claims can be made. Your discrimination attorney will be able to help you through these distinctions to ensure you are able to get the protection you deserve.
Contact Title IX New York City Employment Discrimination Attorneys Today
As an employee of a federally funded educational institution or program, and as a member of a protected class, group, identity, etc., you are legally entitled to a safe work environment with equal opportunities and rights. But when that doesn’t happen, you deserve justice.
If you believe that you were a victim of employment discrimination or harassment, call Brown Kwon & Lam, LLP today.