We work with the administration of our higher education clients to ensure processes, policies and procedures – involving hiring, promotion, discipline, termination, admission and expulsion – are both aligned with the mission and goals of the organization and comply with laws protecting civil rights.
We regularly assist clients with defense against claims filed with the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, OCR and/or EEOC on the full spectrum of civil rights issues including age, race, religion, gender and disability matters. We also deal with free speech, academic freedom and privacy issues involving faculty, staff and students.
We review, revise and draft policies for all the issues listed above, advise on compliance and handle the process of civil rights investigations on various issues such as Title IX, Section 504 and Clery. We also have experience in advising clients on handling charges alleging discrimination based on LGBTQ status. Many higher education institutions have processes in place to promote diverse faculty and student populations. We routinely advise on these processes and defend clients against reverse discrimination claims.