S.439 - Student Non-Discrimination Act of 2015114th Congress (2015-2016)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Franken, Al [D-MN] (Introduced 02/10/2015)|
|Committees:||Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 02/10/2015 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.439 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (02/10/2015)
Student Non-Discrimination Act of 2015
Prohibits public school students from being excluded from participating in, or subject to discrimination under, any federally-assisted educational program on the basis of their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity or that of their associates.
Considers harassment to be a form of discrimination.
Prohibits retaliation against anyone for opposing conduct made unlawful under this Act.
Authorizes federal departments and agencies to enforce these prohibitions by cutting off the educational assistance of recipients found to be violating them.
Allows an aggrieved individual to assert a violation of this Act in a judicial proceeding and recover reasonable attorney's fees should they prevail.
Authorizes the Attorney General to institute a civil action in any appropriate U.S. district court for a violation of this Act.
Deems a state's receipt of federal educational assistance for a program to constitute a waiver of sovereign immunity for conduct prohibited under this Act regarding such program.