Settlement Approved in Miami-Dade County School Sexual Assault Lawsuit

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(Miami, FL) This week, a federal court in Florida approved a settlement in Jane Doe v. The School Board of Miami-Dade County. The case was originally filed in January 2019 by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) with co-counsel Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP and Florida attorneys, Allison Hertog and Alice K. Nelson. The complaint alleged a school in Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS) – the fourth-largest school district in the country – failed to respond to a student’s reports of sexual harassment and multiple sexual assaults, punished her by suspending her from school when she reported the harassment and assaults, and failed to train school employees on how to respond to student-on-student sexual misconduct.

The parties involved are issuing the following joint statement:

“As a result of a settlement in the case of Jane Doe v. The School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida, the National Women’s Law Center will work with Miami-Dade County Public Schools to ensure Jane Doe’s equal access to educational opportunities and to provide the District with additional materials and resources to consider for use in the District’s Title IX training for employees and the District’s harassment and bullying curriculum for students.”

Attorneys at NWLC are available for interview on Title IX and schools’ responsibility to ensure student safety.

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For immediate release: November 19, 2019
Contact: Olympia Feil (ofeil@nwlc.org)

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