Schools should be safe havens for children. More and more, school officials and parents are coming to recognize that behavior that would have been shrugged off or laughed at in the past constitutes sexual harassment. Children who are the victims of harassment are robbed of many of the innocent pleasures of childhood, as merely getting through the day becomes a struggle. Schools are under a legal obligation to have a policy against sex discrimination and to address sexual harassment of students, just as employers are obligated to address sexual harassment of their employees. If a school does not prevent or remedy sexual harassment, the school may be held liable for its failure to act. An attorney will help you stand up for your child's rights.
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Sexual Harassment Resource Links
Facts About Sexual Harassment
Information about sexual harassment from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Sexual Harassment: It's Not Academic
Sexual harassment in schools, published by the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.
Sexual Harassment Resources
Links to a variety of resources on sexual harassment, including governmental agency and military policies on sexual harassment; sponsored by the University of North Carolina Greensboro.
Stopping Sexual Harassment: An AFSCME Guide
Sexual harassment issues from the viewpoint of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), a union representing public employees.
Sexual Harassment: The Employer's Role in Prevention
Employer-focused article, sponsored by the American Bar Association Section on General Practice. Contains information on where to find model sexual harassment policies.
What Speech Does "Hostile Work Environment" Harassment Law Restrict?
Article by a UCLA law professor regarding the conflict between First Amendment freedom of expression and laws protecting against harassment in the workplace.
Filing a Charge of Employment Discrimination
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) information on working with the EEOC when you need to file a charge of discrimination.
Federal Laws Prohibiting Job Discrimination: Questions and Answers
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guide to the laws on job discrimination.
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