OCR: Office for Civil Rights
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Sex Discrimination: Overview of the Law

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination based on sex in education programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance.

The U.S. Department of Education gives grants of financial assistance to schools and colleges.  The Title IX regulation describes the conduct that violates Title IX.  Examples of the types of discrimination that are covered under Title IX include sexual harassment, the failure to provide equal opportunity in athletics, and discrimination based on pregnancy. The Title IX regulation is enforced by OCR and is in the code of federal regulations at 34 CFR Part 106

Title IX prohibits retaliation for filing an OCR complaint or for advocating for a right protected by Title IX. Title IX also prohibits employment discrimination, but employment discrimination complaints filed with OCR are generally referred to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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Last Modified: 03/09/2005