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Case Name Lovins v. Pleasant Hill Pub. Sch. Dist. ED-MO-0001
Docket / Court 4:99-CV-00550-FJG ( W.D. Mo. )
State/Territory Missouri
Case Type(s) Education
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On June 4, 1999, a former student filed this lawsuit against Pleasant Hill Public School District (Missouri) in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, under Title IX and the Equal Protection Clause. The plaintiff, represented by private counsel, asked the court for injunctive ... read more >
On June 4, 1999, a former student filed this lawsuit against Pleasant Hill Public School District (Missouri) in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, under Title IX and the Equal Protection Clause. The plaintiff, represented by private counsel, asked the court for injunctive relief and monetary damages, claiming that he was harassed on the basis of his sex and sexual orientation. Specifically, the plaintiff claimed that the school district was aware that he was enduring discrimination on the basis of sex and were deliberately indifferent to that discrimination and its injurious effects on his education.

On July 20, 2000, the Department of Justice filed a complaint against the school district and entered the case as a plaintiff-intervenor.

On July 31, 2000, the court (Judge Gaitan) approved the parties' consent order. The school district agreed to allow a court-appointed expert to develop a comprehensive mandatory training program for all school district board members and employees, develop a plan to prevent, identify, and eliminate harassment and discrimination on the basis of sex and sexual orientation, conduct a climate report, report to the court for a two-year period. Plaintiff was awarded compensatory damages and attorney's fees.

Katherine Reineck - 10/26/2015


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
Constitutional Clause
Equal Protection
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Reporting
Defendant-type
Elementary/Secondary School
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
Sexual orientatation
General
Gay/lesbian/transgender
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681 et seq.
Defendant(s) Pleasant Hill Public School District
Plaintiff Description A graduate of Pleasant Hill Public School District, who alleged that during his time as a student, he was harassed because of his gender and sexual orientation
Indexed Lawyer Organizations U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Attorneys fees
Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2000 - 2002
Case Closing Year 2002
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Courts and Kids: Pursuing Educational Equity Through the State Courts
By: Michael Rebell (Columbia University, and Campaign for Educational Equity)
Citation: (University of Chicago Press, 2009)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Links Dear Colleague Letter: Athletic Activities Counted for Title IX Compliance
http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html
Posted: Sep. 17, 2008
By: United States Department of Education—Office of Civil Rights (U.S. Department of Justice)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
4:99-cv-00550-FJG (W.D. Mo.) 08/14/2000
ED-MO-0001-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint Intervention 07/20/2000
ED-MO-0001-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: U.S. DOJ, Civil Rights Division, Education Section
Consent Order 07/31/2000 (W.D. Mo.)
ED-MO-0001-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: U.S. DOJ, Civil Rights Division, Education Section
Judges Gaitan, Fernando J. Jr. (W.D. Mo.)
ED-MO-0001-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Argent, Katherine Tess (Missouri)
ED-MO-0001-9000
Glassman, Jeremiah (District of Columbia)
ED-MO-0001-0001 | ED-MO-0001-0002
Johnson, Kenneth D. (District of Columbia)
ED-MO-0001-0001 | ED-MO-0001-0002
Maurer, Michael S. (District of Columbia)
ED-MO-0001-0001 | ED-MO-0001-0002
Patterson, Douglas A. (Missouri)
ED-MO-0001-0002 | ED-MO-0001-9000
Wiener, Ross (District of Columbia)
ED-MO-0001-0001 | ED-MO-0001-0002
Defendant's Lawyers Brasher, Celynda L (Missouri)
ED-MO-0001-9000
Mickes, Thomas A (Missouri)
ED-MO-0001-0002 | ED-MO-0001-9000
Propst, Beverly L. (Missouri)
ED-MO-0001-9000
Other Lawyers Hill, Stephen L. Jr. (Missouri)
ED-MO-0001-0001 | ED-MO-0001-0002 | ED-MO-0001-9000
Larson, Thomas M. (District of Columbia)
ED-MO-0001-0001 | ED-MO-0001-0002 | ED-MO-0001-9000

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