Erie, PA Title IX Lawyer
Skilled Title IX Lawyer Represents Clients Accused of Violations in Erie and Throughout Western Pennsylvania
Being accused of violating Title IX’s prohibition on gender-based discrimination in educational settings can be devastating to your future success in academia. When you are accused of violating Title IX, the school where you are employed or enrolled is required to conduct a thorough investigation into the allegations, as well as implement disciplinary procedures designed to punish and prevent these violations. Partially because of the significant media coverage of Title IX cases in recent years, these disciplinary actions can be harsh and long-lasting.
If you have been accused of violating Title IX in Erie or elsewhere in Western Pennsylvania, you need a skilled Title IX lawyer by your side to help clear your name. At Purchase, George & Murphey, we know that the stakes are high and that your entire academic future may be on the line—whether in your capacity as a student, coach, professor or university employee. We are dedicated in our fight to protect the reputation of clients who have been unjustly accused of violating Title IX, and we will leave no stone unturned in formulating the most compelling possible defense strategy in your case. If you or your child have been accused of violating Title IX in the Erie, PA area, call our offices today to discuss your case confidentially with one of our experienced Title IX lawyers.
Scope of Title IX in Erie, PA Cases
Title IX is a federal law that prohibits any gender-related discrimination in any college, university or other educational institution that receives funding from the federal government. Because most educational institutions receive some form of federal funding, Title IX essentially applies to prevent gender-based discrimination in every college and university in Erie. Title IX is most frequently associated with alleged violations in collegiate athletic programs, including situations involving denial of participation in a sport or reductions in playing time, but is in no way limited to sports-related allegations.
Title IX prohibits all discrimination based upon sex, so can apply in cases involving:
- Sexual assault
- Sexual harassment
- Unfair school policies that tend to discriminate based upon gender
- Employment discrimination
- Pregnancy discrimination
- Discrimination with respect to participation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs
- Retaliation in response to reporting potentially discriminatory situations
Under Title IX, the prohibition on discrimination based on sex applies equally to male, female and transgender students. The law also applies to protect college and university employees from discrimination based on sex, including with respect to harassment in the workplace, discriminatory termination, reductions in pay or a change in job responsibilities.
Dedicated Title IX Lawyers with In-Depth Knowledge of the Complex Title IX Resolution Process in Erie Cases
Every school is required to maintain a written policy that governs the investigation process that will be undertaken once a Title IX violation is alleged. The educational institution is also required to provide “reasonable accommodation” to individuals alleging Title IX violations, which can include changes in class scheduling and housing circumstances, as well as the provision of counseling services.
Once the educational institution has identified a Title IX violation through its investigation, it is also legally obligated to take steps to correct that violation or risk losing federal funding. Every educational institution in the Erie, Pennsylvania area handles Title IX disciplinary actions. The following is a list of some of the colleges and universities in the area where Title IX violations may arise:
- Penn State University, Erie Campus
- Gannon University
- Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
- Mercyhurst University
- Allegheny College
- Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
- University of Pittsburgh at Titusville
Call Today to Schedule a Confidential Consultation to Discuss Your Case with Our Experienced Erie, PA Title IX Lawyers
At Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C., we understand the complexities involved in any Title IX case in Erie, and we make sure that all of our clients understand what to expect of the Title IX adjudication process. The regulations that apply in Title IX cases are especially complex, which can make the advice of a skilled Title IX lawyer critical to the successful resolution of your case. Our Title IX lawyers are dedicated to obtaining the best possible results for our clients who have been accused of Title IX violations, so call our offices today to schedule a confidential consultation to discuss your case. You can also fill out this online contact form or use our online chat feature.
Frequently Asked Questions About Title IX Cases in Erie, PA
FAQ: How are allegations of Title IX violations made?
In most cases involving violations of Title IX, the complaint is first made to the school itself in order to begin the process of investigation of the situation. Unfortunately, in many cases, this investigation is not conducted properly or promptly. If this is the case, the person making the complaint then has the option of filing a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights. The complaint will include detailed information about the timing of the incident, details of the discriminatory acts that took place and the educational institution itself. This complaint generally must be filed within 180 days of the discrimination, but in cases where the school failed to properly investigate or respond, the time period may not begin running on the date when the alleged discriminatory act actually took place.
FAQ: What are some of the consequences if I am found guilty of violating Title IX?
While the Title IX investigation process itself is not a part of the criminal justice process in Pennsylvania, a finding that you violated Title IX can carry serious consequences. If you are a student, you can be expelled from school and if you are an employee, you can be fired immediately. Tenure can be revoked, as well. A Title IX investigation can also form the basis of a future criminal investigation, trial, and conviction. Because of this, it is important to retain an attorney with experience both in the criminal adjudication process and in handling complex Title IX cases.