Discrimination in schools
Title IX claims can be filed by students who feel they have been discriminated against by their school. This law covers many forms of discrimination including sexual harassment, exclusion from academic and athletic activities, and exclusion.
If you feel your rights have not been protected in any way, it is important that you contact a Title IX attorney as soon as possible. These cases can be stressful and time-consuming. However, a qualified attorney can help you make the process less stressful.
The ramifications of being found guilty of a sexual misconduct violation under Title IX can be severe. Most common consequences are suspension and/or expulsion of the school and, in some cases losing athletic scholarships or other financial assistance.
In addition, schools can lose their federal funding if they are found to be in violation of this law. It’s important that you consult a Title IX attorney if you suspect that your school has been subject to a school-based offense.
Gender discrimination claims can be similar to sexual misconduct cases. However, the victim is not the one accused. Contact a Title IX lawyer Tallahassee immediately if you believe you have been discriminated against because of your gender.
Educating students about their rights and options
Students who are accused of sexual misconduct violations under Title IX are often anxious about submitting a formal complaint to their schools. Because of the potential consequences that could be enacted by a complaint under Title IX, and because they may not have a clear understanding of their rights as students, this is a common reaction.
This can make them vulnerable to retaliation and harassment by the school or other students. A Title IX lawyer will help them understand their options and ensure they are protected in any future actions based upon the outcome of the complaint.
The Defenses of Respondents
In a Title IX Hearing, the complainant or respondent is usually afforded greater protections than they would be in a criminal proceeding. The system is biased towards the accuser and can disadvantage a respondent. A respondent should have an experienced attorney-advisor present during the investigation as well as in appeals processes to ensure they are able to prepare a compelling defense.
Engel & Martin, LLC is well-versed with the Title IX laws and regulations that govern Title IX hearings. We have successfully represented students accused of sexual misconduct and helped many victims to obtain favorable findings or reduced sanctions.
Our firm has extensive experience representing both respondent and complainants in civil rights cases. This allows us to help our clients secure a variety settlements.
We have successfully handled many Title IX cases at colleges and universities throughout the country. These results include reversal or reduction of charges, reduced sanctions, and finding defendants responsible for unlawful conduct.