Judge rules sexual orientation discrimination falls under purview of landmark Title IX law

Los Angeles Times
By Matt Hamilton
Dec. 22, 2015

A federal judge in California has ruled that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation falls under the purview of the landmark Title IX law, giving a broader interpretation to the 1972 statute that prohibits sex discrimination in the nation’s schools and colleges.

In his 22-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Dean Pregerson said that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is not a separate category of discrimination, but rather, such claims fall under Title IX’s view of discrimination on the basis of gender or sex.

The ruling allows two former players on the Pepperdine University women’s basketball team to proceed with a lawsuit that alleges the university harassed and discriminated against them because they were dating. Haley Videckis and Layana White said that the coach wanted them off the team because their lesbian relationship “would cause the team to lose games,” the complaint alleged.

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