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RETALIATION IS AN OCR VIOLATION

OCR: Office of Civil Rights

The following guidelines is extracted from Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Education  “Discriminatory practices are often only raised and remedied when students, parents, teachers, coaches, and others can report such practices to school administrators without the fear of retaliation. Individuals should be commended when they raise concerns about compliance with the Federal civil rights laws, not punished for doing so.

The Federal civil rights laws make it unlawful to retaliate against an individual for the purpose of interfering with any right or privilege secured by these laws.

If, for example, an individual brings concerns about possible civil rights problems to a school’s attention, it is unlawful for the school to retaliate against that individual for doing so. It is also unlawful to retaliate against an individual because he or she made a complaint, testified, or participated in any manner in an OCR investigation or proceeding. Thus, once a student, parent, teacher, coach, or other individual complains formally or informally to a school about a potential civil rights violation or participates in an OCR investigation or proceeding, the recipient is prohibited from retaliating (including intimidating, threatening, coercing, or in any way discriminating against the individual) because of the individual’s complaint or participation. OCR will continue to vigorously enforce this prohibition against retaliation.”

Excerpts from Dept. of Education Dear Colleague Letter: Retaliation

DEPT. OF EDUCATION RESOURCES 

READY TO FILE A COMPLAINT? TAKE ACTION NOW!

You may file your complaint by fax, email or an online application. The consent form allows you to keep your name confidential or anonymous.  If you feel you are being retaliated, please document your incidents in a simple manner with excel spreadsheet. Include: date, time, the incident with stating the name and the sequence of events.  Lastly, state the impact of retaliation on your or your students.

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