Authored By: Candace Whitman
According to Public Justice, the Northern District Court of Illinois recently denied DePaul University's motion to dismiss a Title IX retaliation case that was filed against them by Ascend sports psychologist, Dr. Jenny Conviser. Dr. Conviser is represented by Public Justice and Zumpano Patricios & Popok, PLLC.
Dr. Conviser was retaliated against and terminated by DePaul after she reported sexual abuse and discrimination that was occurring in their athletics department.
The University argued the case should be dismissed because Dr. Conviser and her company were independent contractors, but the district court denied the motion because independent contractors are protected under Title IX.
Public Justice Staff Attorney Alexandra Brodsky said, "Just as was true when she worked at DePaul, Dr. Conviser’s continued advocacy will help others who face discrimination and retaliation. Judge Valederrama’s thorough analysis serves as an important reminder to schools that Title IX’s protections are expansive. And Title IX rights are crucial for school contractors, including adjunct professors, who are particularly vulnerable to discrimination because of their precarious employment status.”
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