College Cheer

A federal court in Kansas declined to dismiss First Amendment and Title IX retaliation claims brought against a community college and some of its officials by a former member of the college’s endowment association who says he was forced out, threatened and had his speech restrained for speaking out about sexual harassment allegations against the college’s cheer coach. The plaintiff said the college president and athletic director “had not publicly resolved to take sexual harassment of cheer women seriously.”

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DOJ Article

The Second Circuit upheld the dismissal of a defamation suit brought against the New York Times by a former Department of Justice attorney over an article about alleged gender bias, favoritism and groping in his unit. The court ruled an “ordinary reader” of the story would understand that an intern’s declaration in a civil case, which alleged the attorney’s conduct at a happy hour was “unwelcome,” was a report of an official proceeding.

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