The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) along with co-counsel in Florida filed a lawsuit against the school board of Miami-Dade County Public Schools and Superintendent Alberto Carvalho.

The lawsuit is filed on behalf of “Jane Doe,” who was 14 years old when she was subjected to repeated sexual harassment, including three sexual assaults by multiple older male peers in school bathrooms over a two-week period. When Jane and her friends reported these incidents to the school, school officials engaged in a cover-up and ultimately suspended her for so-called “sexual misconduct.”

The lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, alleges that the defendants violated Title IX, the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education, the U.S. Constitution, state laws, and school board policies when they failed to conduct a proper investigation, punished her with a suspension, failed to provide her with academic and safety accommodations, and failed to train school employees on how to respond to sexual harassment.

This lawsuit supports NWLC’s ongoing efforts to challenge sex discrimination in schools, particularly at the K-12 level.

Related documents:
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