Lesbian, gay, bisexuals and transgender students are too often targeted for bullying because of their sexual preference, gender identity or gender expression. While everyone’s rights need to be protected, we believe it is especially important to protect groups that are specifically targeted by others.
The Dignity for All Students Act, signed into New York law in 2010, specifically calls on New York schools to protect students targeted for their sexual orientation, gender or sex. Unfortunately not all school officials and workers are familiar with or follow the law.
If you or a loved one is being bullied at school, our lawyers can help
When a child is continually bullied with no action taken by the school, there is a problem. Sometimes we get calls from parents who feel their bullied child is being punished instead of the bullies—either by having their class switched, their seat changed or being told to lunch and rec in a special area. If you have experienced this, you are not alone and have good reason to be outraged.
Many bullying cases do not turn into lawsuits, but there are steps you can take to help stop the bullying. If the bullying continues and results in injuries—which can be physical or psychological—then you may be able to sue both the families of the bullies and the school district.
Our lawyers will sit down with you to discuss your case and the best course of action that takes your family’s needs into account.
If you or someone you care about in the LGBT community is being targeted by bullies at school, give us a call. We can provide you with advice, let you know your legal options and determine the best course of action.
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