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Title IX and Pregnancy

What is Title IX?

Title IX is a federal law that was passed in 1972 to make sure that no one gets discriminated against based on their sex in educational programs. This law is important because it makes sure that everyone has an equal opportunity to learn, regardless of their gender.

Under Title IX, any educational program that receives Federal financial assistance must not exclude anyone based on their sex. This means that whether you're a student or an employee of K-12 schools, colleges, universities, or educational programs in libraries, museums, vocational programs, and prisons, you are protected by Title IX. And it's not just women that are protected, people of all sexes and genders are protected from discrimination.

Title IX makes it illegal to discriminate based on sex, which includes discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, miscarriage, abortion, or related conditions, including recovery. It also protects your right to take medically necessary leave and to be free from harassment, intimidation, or other discrimination because of pregnancy-related conditions.

Moreover, Title IX ensures that any rules concerning parental, family, or marital status may not apply differently based on sex. This means that universities must provide women and men time to bond with or care for their children without penalty.

Here is the official U.S. Department of Education Title IX Webpage.