A federal appeals court on Thursday ruled that college employees could sue their organization for intentional gender-based employment inequality under Title IX.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit overturned the lower court’s 2020 decision dismissing a former professor’s case against Cornell University. Lower Court Judge Mukunda Venglattore rejected the claim that the colonel had violated a raft of federal and state law when it disciplined him in response to allegations that he had an inappropriate relationship with a teaching assistant.
A three-judge panel in the Second Circuit upheld much of the lower court’s ruling but reversed its decision that Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendment, which prohibits gender inequality in educational programs, does not approve the individual’s right to work for employment discrimination. . Most federal employment discrimination claims against colleges and universities are brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, but claims may soon be brought under Title IX and that law does not limit damages.
“We believe that Title IX allows an individual the right to take action against a faculty member for intentional gender discrimination in a university, and Vengalattore’s Title IX claim should not be dismissed on the grounds that he has complained of such discrimination in employment.” Circuit governed.