Legal Services for Title IX

Title IX is a federal civil rights law designed to protect students and employees of colleges and universities that receive federal funding from gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and unlawful retaliation.

Under Title IX, every person has the right to pursue an education or work in education, free from gender discrimination, sexual harassment and violence, and retaliation. When an allegation is made, the law protects the equal rights of every person involved.

The serious nature of Title IX issues can be devastating. From the psychological, emotional, and physical effects of the accuser, to the repercussions of the accused being held responsible – criminal charges, rejection from college, blemished academic records, an inability to find new employment, reputational and financial damage. 

Experienced Title IX Attorneys

Our Title IX attorneys have years of experience representing students, faculty, colleges, and universities who are involved in allegations of misconduct under Title IX. 

We believe that sexually discrimination, harassment, and violence is intolerable and has no place in our society.

We believe that both the accuser (complainant) and the accused (respondent) should be afforded their civil rights and due process under the law. 

Under Title IX, students and employees of colleges and universities are provided the right to due process to ensure the fair and equitable treatment of both parties. Our attorneys are here to ensure that happens. The significance of having the right counsel at your side cannot be understated. 

Title IX Advisors

Under the new Title IX regulations that went into effect in August 2020, complainants and respondents in Title IX proceedings have the right to one individual of their choosing to serve as their advisor to help navigate them through the taxing investigatory and hearing process, and to provide advice along the way.

Monaco Cooper Lamme & Carr attorneys have represented both the complainants and respondents in Title IX proceedings. We provide counsel from the filing of the complaint, through the investigation, hearing, and appeals process.

Title IX Retaliation

When a student or employee of a college or university reports a Title IX violation, the institution does not have the right to retaliate against that student or employee.

If you are a student or employee of a college or university and find that you have been the victim of Title IX retaliation, we will help you determine if you have a claim and fight for your rights.  

Examples of student retaliation:

  • Harassment on campus or in the classroom
  • Lowering or changing of your grades
  • Reduced or terminated athletic playing time
  • Suspension or removal from school activities
  • Suspension or expulsion from school

Examples of employee retaliation:

  • Change in your pay or benefits
  • Harassment from co-workers and/or supervisors
  • Transfer to another department
  • Alteration of job responsibilities
  • Demotion or firing

Title IX Litigation

The United States Supreme Court has determined that under Title IX, students may seek money damages from schools that have been deliberately indifferent to risks of sexual assault or harassment by teachers, staff, or fellow students, or if harassment or retaliation occurs against a student or employee for exercising their rights protected by Title IX.

Monaco Cooper Lamme & Carr, PLLC represents students and employees in cases of Title IX gender discrimination, sexual harassment and violence, and unlawful retaliation cases throughout New York State. Litigating the issues can result in the award of monetary damages as well as changes to policies and culture at the institutions that harmed them.