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What does Discrimination look like in School?

Rename, what does discrimination in schools look like?

We like to think that discrimination is a thing of the past and that the legal system got rid of discrimination in schools with Browne versus Board of Education. However, sadly, there is still plenty of discrimination in the world. It is just subtler now and harder to discern. So what does discrimination in schools look like?

There are many signs of discrimination in schools that parents should be on the lookout for. We’ve written about this in the past. 

Click here to read more about signs of discrimination.

The most telling, however, is that your child is being treated differently or singled out negatively not just by other students, but also school staff.

How Do I tell if Staff is Discriminating?

There are several signs of discrimination from school staff to look out for. This can include things that affect your child socially or academically.

Signs of discrimination include things like

  • Giving grades that do not reflect student learning
  • Handing out harsh punishments to your child
  • Not responding to reports of bullying against your child
  • Refusing to make reasonable accommodations
  • Ignoring your child’s IEP (if they have one)
  • Refusing to give your child an IEP if they have documented need
  • Creating a harsh or hostile learning environment for your child

For a full list of signs of discrimination click here. 

One instance of discrimination does not necessarily mean your child’s school is discriminating, but take note of any patterns of behavior that suggest an ongoing bias against your child.

Can I sue over discrimination?

Yes, you can sue over discrimination in some circumstances. As organizations that accept federal money, schools must comply with all Civil Rights Laws. 

These laws protect students based on their sexual orientation, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, or nationality. If you feel the school’s discriminatory behavior is based on your student belonging to one of these protected classes, that is cause to talk to a lawyer.

To learn more about federal laws and discrimination click here!

What to expect when you talk to a lawyer

Before talking to a lawyer, you should gather evidence so your lawyer can determine if you have a case. 

Evidence can include

  • A record of incidents
  • Your child’s school work
  • Communication with the teachers and staff
  • Your child’s IEP
  • Notes from official meetings 
  • Diagnostic Documentation

When you are considering filing a discrimination lawsuit be aware that you are talking to a personal injury lawyer. A reputable lawyer should not charge you for their services unless you win. 

Your lawyer should be kind and compassionate and listen to your concerns, while also answering all your questions. If you would like to speak with an attorney you can trust, call Cueto Law at 618-277-1554.

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