LAF cases

Virginia State University campus

Spencer v. Virginia State University: A Case on Gender Equity in Academia

As the Gender Equity Task Force chair at Virginia State University (VSU), Zoe Spencer, Ph.D., was charged with identifying deficits in gender equity, but when she did she was met with resistance. Read more »

St. Cloud State University campus

Portz v. St. Cloud State University

Portz v. St. Cloud State University et al. is a case involving 10 female student athletes who filed a lawsuit against St. Cloud State University (SCSU) and Minnesota State College and University Systems. Read more »

Lock Haven University campus

Robb v. Lock Haven

Emily Robb and seven other courageous student athletes filed a class action lawsuit on June 6, 2017, against Lock Haven University (LHU) of Pennsylvania alleging a number of Title IX claims. Read more »

Nathalie Gosset

Gosset v. Lasch, Cooper, Alfred E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering, University of Southern California: A Sexual Harassment Case

Nathalie Gosset, the plaintiff in Gosset v. Lasch, Cooper, Alfred E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering, University of Southern California, alleges that she experienced sexual harassment by her employer and was terminated after she reported the behavior. Read more »

Kurz et al. v. Trustees of Indiana University et al.

Kurz et al. v. Trustees of Indiana University et al. brings attention not only to the sexual harassment of students by university staff, but also to the serious retaliation those students may face if they speak out. Read more »

LAF Plaintiff Aileen Rizo

Rizo v. Fresno County Office of Education

Rizo v. Fresno County Office of Education highlights a significant underlying factor that contributes to the wage gap: employers’ practice of relying on an employee’s prior salary history to set new salary levels. AAUW is proud to support the case through our Legal Advocacy Fund. Read more »

A young woman holds a banner in front of a crowd. The banner reads, Justice for Rape Survivors

Burhans V. Yale: A New Wave in Title IX Cases

Burhans v. Yale highlights the necessity of protecting administrators who are willing to address the problem of sexual assault on their campuses from professional retaliation. AAUW is proud to support the case through our Legal Advocacy Fund. Read more »

Baldwin et al. v. Department of Defense: Removing Offenders from Military Sexual Assault Cases

In the last few years the severity of the sexual assault epidemic in the U.S. military has entered the public consciousness. However, despite AAUW’s ongoing work, many survivors still struggle to find justice. The courageous survivors in Baldwin et al. v. Department of Defense were advancing the crucial fight against military sexual assault. Read more »

Faculty Punished for Reporting Title IX Violations and Sexual Harassment: Feather River Community College Cases

Laurel Wartluft sued the college for sex discrimination and retaliation for complaining of sex discrimination in violation of the California Fair Housing and Employment Act, and failure to pay agreed compensation in violation of California Labor Codes. Read more »

Moshak v. University of Tennessee: Discrimination Too Common in College Athletics

Women’s sports have come a long way since Title IX, but a lawsuit from former Tennessee Volunteers staff shows that we are still grappling with gender gaps in university athletics. AAUW is proud to support the case through our Legal Advocacy Fund. Read more »