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    Florida State University Pays $950,000 to Settle Title IX Lawsuit

    Today, James Ryan, a Partner at Cullen and Dykman LLP was featured in an Associated Press article regarding the highly publicized settlement between Florida State University (“FSU” or the “University”) and Erica Kinsman, a former FSU student who filed a Title IX lawsuit against the University over one year ago.  The article was published in […]

    U.S. Department of Education to Publish List of Institutions Requesting Title IX Waivers

    The U.S. Department of Education (the “Department of Education”) announced last week that it will publish a searchable database that lists the names of higher education institutions that have applied for and/or have received religious exemptions from Title IX. Assistant Secretary Catherine Lhamon specifically stated that “OCR is in the process of preparing . . […]

    Interest Groups Support NCAA’s Anti-Felon Policy on Appeal

    Recently, three interest groups filed an amicus brief to support the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (“NCAA”) policy that bars anyone who has been convicted of a felony from coaching in NCAA-certified high school tournaments. By way of brief background, in 2003, the NCAA adopted a policy that barred all convicted felons from coaching NCAA-certified tournaments […]

    U.S. Senator Questions Whether U.S. Department of Education Has Overstepped Title IX Authority

    Last week, U.S. Senator James Lankford (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management, sent a letter to John B. King, Jr., the Acting Secretary of the U.S. Education Department (the “Department”) questioning whether the Department’s Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) has exceeded its legal authority, through […]

    Seattle Becomes First City in U.S. to Allow Uber Drivers to Unionize

    In December, 2015, the Seattle City Council unanimously voted in favor of legislation that expressly permits drivers for Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing services to unionize. Drivers for these companies, who are treated as independent contractors, will now be given the opportunity to join a union and permitted to collectively bargain with the companies, a […]

    California Federal Judge Rules Title IX Covers Sexual Orientation Discrimination

    In December, 2015, a federal judge in California ruled that discrimination based on sexual orientation violates Title IX, broadly interpreting the statute that prohibits sex discrimination in colleges and universities. By way of brief background, Haley Videckis and Layana White (collectively “Plaintiffs”), former members of Pepperdine University women’s basketball team, filed a lawsuit against Pepperdine […]

    Six States File Amicus Brief in Transgender Teen’s Appeal to Use Boys’ Bathroom

    Recently, the South Carolina State Attorney General filed an amicus brief on behalf of six states in support of a school board’s restroom policy that prohibits a transgender teen from using the boys’ restroom. By way of background, Gavin Grimm is a 16-year old transgender student who was born female but identifies as a male. […]