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Fitzgerald v. Barnstable School Committee

Docket No.: 07-1125
Certiorari Granted: Jun 9 2008
Argued: December 2, 2008
Decided: January 21, 2009

PartyNames: Lisa Fitzgerald, et vir v. Barnstable School Committee, et al.
Petitioner: Lisa Fitzgerald, et vir
Respondent: Barnstable School Committee, et al.

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

Lisa Fitzgerald, et vir
v.
Barnstable School Committee, et al.
555 U.S. ____ (2009)
Background:

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. ยง 1681(a), has been interpreted to provide an implied private right of action for sex discrimination by federally funded educational institutions. Section 1983 of Title 42 of the United States Code creates an express remedy for violations of the U.S. Constitution. Three courts of appeals have held that Title IX's implied remedy does not foreclose Section 1983 claims to enforce the Constitution's prohibition against invidious sex discrimination. In contrast, four circuits, including the First Circuit in this case, have held that Title IX's implied right of action is the exclusive remedy for sex discrimination by federally funded educational institutions.

Question Presented:

The question presented is: Whether Title IX's implied right of action precludes Section 1983 constitutional claims to remedy sex discrimination by federally funded educational institutions.

Question:

Is Title IX's implied private remedy sufficiently comprehensive to preclude the use of 42 U.S.C. Section 1983 to advance sex discrimination claims against federally funded educational institutions?

Holding: judgment reversed and remanded
Vote: 9-0
Opinion By:
Read FITZGERALD V. BARNSTABLE SCHOOL COMMITTEE opinion (PDF)

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