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Franklin v. Gwinnett County Public Schools

503 U.S. 60, 112 S. Ct. 1028, 117 L. Ed. 2d 208 (1992)

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Franklin v. Gwinnett County Public Schools

United States Supreme Court

503 U.S. 60, 112 S. Ct. 1028, 117 L. Ed. 2d 208 (1992)

Facts

Christine Franklin (plaintiff), a student at North Gwinnett High School, was subjected to ongoing sexual harassment by a teacher. Other teachers and the school administration knew about the harassment but did not intervene. Instead, Franklin was discouraged from pressing charges against the teacher. The teacher eventually resigned in exchange for the school’s agreement to drop its investigation into his conduct. Franklin sued Gwinnett County Public Schools (the school district) (defendant), the district operating the high school and a recipient of federal funds, pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, requesting an award of damages. The district court dismissed Franklin’s complaint, reasoning that damages were not an available remedy under Title IX. The court of appeals affirmed, and the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (White, J.)

Concurrence (Scalia, J.)

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