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Title IX prohibits discrimination in both educational programs and in employment decisions at educational institutions

The federal law known as Title IX prohibits discrimination in educational programs like the receipt of educational benefits.  The prohibition extends to discrimination in employment in a federally funded education program.  For example, if a female employee at a college faces discrimination like lower salary for work like that of her male colleagues, Title IX applies.  Title IX applies if the female employee is given less opportunity for promotion or forced to work under more adverse conditions than her male colleagues.  An employee can bring a claim for illegal retaliation under Title IX.

Unlike another federal employment discrimination law known as Title VII, there is no administrative requirement under Title IX for the employee to first file a complaint with the EEOC.  A Title IX plaintiff can bring his or her claim directly to court.  The statue of limitations is longer too.

Pamela A. Smith
Law Office of Pamela A. Smith
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Newton, MA 02464


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