College Groups Connect to Fight Sexual Harassment and Assault

A group of colleges across the country are coming together to combat sexual assault. Activists of the movement contend that colleges fall short in educating students about sexual assault and sexual harassment. The movement promotes victims to seek help, report the frequency of such crimes, counsel survivors, and train the people who investigate and adjudicate these cases. Many agree that the punishment given by campus disciplinary systems tend to be amateurish. Advocates for people brought up on charges tend to agree that campus disciplinary systems are amateurish, but they contend that the result is inadequate protection for the rights of the accused. A group of Yale students and alumni filed a Title IX complaint with the Office of Civil Rights against Yale. The complaint focused on harassment. The case was settled a year later. The North Carolina group drafted and filed a Title IX complaint, and the women at Occidental say they will file one soon. Full article.

Women and girls have come a long way since the enactment of Title IX, the federal civil rights law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. Still, far too many students are denied equal educational opportunities. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex. Sexual discrimination involves treating someone (an applicant or employee) unfavorably because of that person’s sex. The law forbids such sexual discrimination when it comes to any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, and any other term or condition of employment. Please visit the EEOC’s website for further information: eeoc.gov.

Leeds Brown Law PC dedicates a large portion of its practice to the area of employment discrimination. The attorneys at Leeds Brown Law PC have represented individuals throughout Long Island and the New York City area in matters of sexual harassment and sexual discrimination. For more information, contact Leeds Brown Law at 1-800-585-4658 for a free consultation or visit lmblaw.com.