Unfortunately, discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual assault are not uncommon occurrences in public and private schools and colleges across the United States. However, federal law – Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972 – as well as several state and local laws protect those of have been victimized by this conduct in the educational setting.
According to studies, approximately 1 out of 5 women and 1 out of 16 men will be sexually assaulted during their time at college. In addition to sexual assault, students may be subject to sexual harassment, which is a form of gender-based discrimination often involving unwelcome and inappropriate sexual remarks, conduct or physical advances. Importantly, federal and state laws prohibit this conduct regardless of the student’s sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
Educational institutions can be held responsible when they fail to protect students from unlawful conduct, whether that conduct is committed by professors, administrators, coaches, faculty members or even other students. Actionable sexual harassment and assault can take place before, during or after school hours, and can also occur on or off campus. Those who have been subjected to unlawful conduct under Title IX and other similar laws are entitled to a wide array of injunctive remedies and monetary relief.
Wigdor LLP is a leader in representing and advocating for women who have been victims of sexual harassment and assault, representing victims in many cases that have received widespread media attention. In addition, Wigdor LLP has represented and currently represents numerous other victims of sexual harassment and sexual assault against high-profile individuals that have remained confidential. If you think you may have been a victim of unlawful sexual harassment or sexual assault, you should speak to an attorney who can advise you of your rights.
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