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    Not All Speech in the Classroom is Protected

    The First Amendment and workplace discrimination commonly intersect when an employee claims unlawful retaliation, suspension, or termination based upon the employee’s exercise of an ostensible right to free speech and expression. Dr. Teresa Buchanan was a tenured professor at Louisiana State University where she taught in the Early Childhood Program for teacher education before she […]

    Employees Are Not Barred from Bringing Discrimination Suits Against Employers for Failing to Properly File A Charge with the EEOC

    For years, courts have been split on whether they could hear an employee’s discrimination claim if the employee failed to properly file a charge with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (the “EEOC”). The Supreme Court of the United States recently settled this debate. In Fort Bend County v. Davis, the Supreme Court held that […]

    U.S. Department of Education Releases Proposed Title IX Regulations

    On November 16, 2018, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released sweeping new regulations that could substantially alter how colleges and universities handle allegations of sexual misconduct. This action comes in the wake of DeVos’ 2017 revocation of Title IX guidance issued under the Obama administration, which had called for greater enforcement of Title IX, […]

    EEOC Sues Nursing Center for Pregnancy Discrimination

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) filed a lawsuit against Century Care of Laurinburg, Inc., doing business as Scottish Pines Rehabilitation & Nursing Center (“Scottish Pines”) for sex discrimination alleging that the center failed to accommodate two pregnant nursing assistants. According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, in November 2014, Mary Jacobs, was placed on unpaid […]

    Northwestern University Professor Requests Leave of Absence After Ten Women Sign Open Letter Accusing Him of Sexual Harassment, Abusive Behavior, and Bullying

    A professor at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, Alec Klein, is taking a leave of absence after eight former students and two former employees issued a public letter accusing him of sexual harassment, abusive behavior, and bullying. The letter outlines twelve instances of sexual misconduct by Klein including: allegedly making sexually graphic remarks, attempting to […]

    Michigan State University Under Investigation after Dr. Nassar Sexual Assault Scandal

    Last month, former Team USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40-175 years in prison for sexually abusing women and girls for decades during his time at Michigan State University (“MSU”) and as team USA Gymnast doctor. At this time, MSU is now under investigation, as the Michigan attorney general, the U.S. Department of […]

    Sexual Misconduct Investigation of Three Dartmouth Professors

    Three Dartmouth College professors are under investigation for alleged sexual misconduct. The three professors have been identified as Todd F. Heatherton, 56; William M. Kelly, 45; and Paul J. Whalen, 54. The three are all tenured professors and work in the Centers for Social and Psychological Brain Sciences at Dartmouth College. Dr. Heatherton is the […]

    House Representatives Reveal Bill Attempting to Reinstate Previously Rescinded Title IX Guidance

    Just several weeks after the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights ( “OCR”) announced that it was rescinding two Obama-era directives, the 2011 Dear Colleague Letter on Sexual Violence and the 2014 Questions and Answers on Title IX and Sexual Violence, Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14) and the leadership of the Democratic Women’s Working […]

    New York Appeals Court Bars Woman From Suing West Point After Alleged Rape

    Recently, the Second Circuit denied a woman the right to sue West Point after she brought claims of sexual misconduct on campus. In 2010, a woman identified as Jane Doe, was allegedly raped by a fellow cadet on the West Point campus. Doe was one of 200 women among 1,300 cadets in her class. She […]

    U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Makes Major Announcement on Future of Title IX Policy

    Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos delivered a major policy address on Title IX enforcement at George Mason University’s Law School in Arlington, Virginia at an event described as “centered around equal opportunity and equal protection of all.” Background Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) is a federal law that […]