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Bully or Bigot: When Is Bullying Behavior Also Discrimination?

National School Boards' Association, 72nd Annual Conference

April 22, 2012
8:30 AM - 9:45 AM EST

Speakers: Julie C. Fay, Anne H. Littlefield, Leander A. Dolphin

April 22, 2012
8:30 AM - 9:45 AM EST

Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
Room : 153AB
415 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02210

Bullying behavior -- taunts, threats, intimidation, physical attacks and exclusionary conduct -- may constitute illegal discrimination when based on race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability or other protected and/or individual characteristics. Do your school district policies adequately address discriminatory bullying and harassment? Will your investigation of a discriminatory bullying claim be any different than a bullying claim that is not based on a protected category? Do your policies address cyber-bullying? How are students’ free speech rights implicated? Drawing from Office of Civil Rights guidance and recent cases, the presenters will provide the latest legal guidance in this evolving area.

Leander Dolphin, Shipman & Goodwin LLP
Anne H. Littlefield, Shipman & Goodwin LLP
Julie Fay, Shipman & Goodwin LLP


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