Supreme Court will hear Title IX case

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October 7, 2008

12:22 AM

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case that could protect educational institutions against sexual-discrimination or sexual-harassment lawsuits. According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, the court will decide this December whether to uphold the U.S. Court of Appeal’s decision in the Fitzgerald v. Barnstable School Committee case. The case examines whether Congress intended Title IX to prevent sexual discrimination lawsuits against public educational institutions.

Lawyers representing schools believe that plaintiffs’ lawyers seek legal protections that are too broad, but university professors worry that limiting laws which allow people to bring allegations of discrimination to the court will increase discrimination in the education system.

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