Legal Implications Of Today's School Climate Are Real

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Legal implications in today’s school climate are real. Regardless of proactive training methods, the necessity of having a legal confidant at the disposal central administration office cannot be denied. From employment discrimination laws, Americans with Disabilities Act, Title IX, and a slew of individual student issues, having a retained law firm available to the superintendent and related staff is a necessary practice. Andrew Manna represents a variety of school districts around Indianapolis and surrounding areas, as a school and education law attorney. While the focus of Andrew’s presentation was on the current legal and trial trends on a national and local level, the message was clear; districts and central office staff cannot…show more content…
All of the topics addressed during Andrew’s presentation are valid areas that all districts and central office staff need to attend to, specifically Employment Discrimination Laws (EEOC), workplace bullying provisions and policies, harassment (peer to peer), Office of Civil Rights, transgender issues and social media.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is probably the area that Andrew presented that I was least familiar with. Understanding the process to follow once a complaint is filed tangible information, but using that knowledge to set up proactive systems is even more powerful. Composed of a variety of areas of enforcement:
¬ Title VII – prohibits discrimination on basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex.
¬ Pregnancy Discrimination Act (part of Title VII)
¬ Equal Pay Act – prohibits payment of different wages to men and women if they perform substantially the same work in the same workplace
¬ Age Discrimination in Employment Act
¬ Americans with Disabilities Act
¬ Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008

EEOC Regulations – 29 CFR 1600 et. seq. must be reviewed and followed in the district’s hiring procedures,
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