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How can you file a complaint for education discrimination?

If you've decided that you want to file an education discrimination complaint with the government, there are some steps you need to take to do so correctly. The U.S. government has the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights take care of and enforce federal civil rights in activities and programs for the Department of Education. For instance, you can't be discriminated against based on your national original, color, or race.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 was created to prevent sex discrimination in sports, primarily. The Americans with Disabilities Act requires schools to treat those with disabilities fairly as well. Age discrimination is also illegal; this means that students who are young and able to graduate early can do so and teachers who are young or older should not be hired or fired purely for age-related reasons.

To file a complaint about your school or education department, you should contact the Office for Civil Rights with a Discrimination Complaint Form from their webpage or offices. On this form, you'll need to provide your name, address, phone number, location of the institution, a description of the discrimination that took place, and a description of who was hurt by the act.

Once you file this complaint, it's important to know that you can't be retaliated against. If the school district were to find out that you filed the complaint, it should treat you no differently than anyone else who hadn't done so. If you are punished or harassed for filing the complaint, then the school district is performing an illegal act that can also be penalized.

Source: FindLaw, "How to File an Education Discrimination Complaint with the Government," accessed May. 20, 2015

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