Thursday, April 26, 2007

Does Title IX make retaliation illegal?

Here is an article i read that is a little old (2003) but it talks about a coach who was a whistle-blower in saying that his women's teams did not have the same opportunities and facilities as the men's teams. After he complained he got negative performance evaluations, and was finally removed from his coaching position. But continued to hold a tenured position as a physical education teacher at the school. He says that his removal from coaching was retaliatory.

So does Title IX prohibit not only sex discrimination itself, but also retaliation against those who complain about sex discrimination? And another thing to think about is if a person can sue for retaliation?

I couldn't find out if the supreme court took the case and what the outcome was, but if anyone finds anything let me know!


Blogger Jordan K said...

I don't know about this case, but i have done a few projects that involve Title IX and related rulings, and from what i have seen there are supposed to be all kinds of committees and directors of "fairness" and entire systems in place so that coaches don't have to deal with issues like this. it is supposed to be regulated. I'm just not sure of how a coach could prove that he was being pursued for that reason alone and nothing else.

3:30 PM  
Blogger Professor Prenkert said...

Here's the Supreme Court's decision. Justice O'Connor writes emphatically about the importance of protection against retaliation as a vital component of any civil rights law.

4:33 PM  
Blogger Jeremy Byers said...

Thank you Professor Prenkert for finding the ruling.

10:07 PM  

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