The ability of individuals to oppose discriminatory practices and to participate in OCR investigations and other proceedings is critical to ensuring equal educational opportunity in accordance with Federal civil rights laws. For this reason, recipients of Federal funds are prohibited from intimidating, threatening, coercing, or discriminating against any individual for the purpose of interfering with any right or privilege secured by Federal civil rights law. Once a student, parent, teacher, coach, or other individual complains formally or informally to a school about a potential civil rights violation or participates in an OCR investigation or proceeding, the recipient is prohibited from retaliating (including intimidating, threatening, coercing, or in any way discriminating against the individual) because of the individual’s complaint or participation. OCR will continue to vigorously enforce this prohibition against retaliation. Below are recent cases that addressed the issue of retaliation.
- Cartwright Elementary School District (AZ) (08-13-1172)
- Birmingham City School District (AL) (04-13-1368)
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