If your place of employment receives federal funding, you are supposed to receive protections against discrimination under Title IX. However, many employees don’t realize that Title IX protections are not just for students.
The Title IX New York City employment discrimination attorneys at Brown Kwon & Lam explain.
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 also 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 affects much more 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.
For this reason, it is illegal to discriminate against a student or individuals utilizing the organization. It also means it’s illegal to discriminate against the employees of those places as well.
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 grants you several protections. Regardless of your position, title, job description, or length of employment, it is illegal to discriminate against you based on gender and or sexually harass you.
Undergraduate and graduate students employed by their educational institution also receive protection from Title IX. It doesn’t make a difference whether they receive a paycheck or financial credit in exchange for their work. This also 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.
Specifically, this means the difference is over what protected class the discrimination is based on. Your discrimination attorney will be able to help you through these distinctions to ensure you 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 in New York City, call Brown Kwon & Lam, LLP today.