(Washington, D.C.) This week, a Florida court ruled to continue the case of student Jane Doe who sued her school, Carol City High School in MDCPS, the fourth-largest school district in the country. The United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida held that Doe can proceed on her Title IX and negligence claims against the school board for its failure to respond to her reports of sexual harassment and assault, punishing her by suspending her from school, and failing to train school employees on how to respond to student-on-student sexual misconduct.

The court ruled against the defendants’ motion to dismiss Title IX and negligence claims against the School Board of Miami-Dade County in the case filed in January by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) with co-counsel Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP and Florida attorneys, Allison Hertog and Alice K. Nelson.

The following is a statement by Emily Martin, Vice President for Education and Workplace Justice at the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC):

“This moves us closer to justice for Jane Doe. No student should have to go through sexual assault, let alone have their school administrators disregard and conceal it. Schools have a responsibility to address sexual harassment and assault – not make survivors go through further trauma. All students deserve to learn in a safe environment and we will keep fighting fiercely for students like Jane.”

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For immediate release: May 2, 2019
Contact: Olympia Feil (ofeil@nwlc.org)

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