Breaking: Supreme Court expands reach of Title IX

The Supreme Court ruled today that Title IX not only protects against discrimination, but also protects people from retaliation. Yay!
It was a close one, with a 5-4 vote.
Justice Sandra Day O’Connor wrote that “reporting incidents of discrimination is integral to Title IX enforcement and would be discouraged if retaliation against those who report went unpunished,” and that if there weren’t protections against retaliation, “individuals who witness discrimination would be loathe to report it, and all manner of Title IX violations might go unremedied as a result.”
The not-so-surprising dissenting judges, Justices Thomas, Rehnquist, Scalia and Kennedy argued that “retaliatory conduct is not discrimination on the basis of sex.” I call bullshit.
The ruling came from a case brought by a girls’ high school basketball coach in Alabama who after complaining about unequal treatment and funding lost his coaching position.

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