Attorney Anthony Cruthird
Anthony Cruthird has close to 20 years of experience in the field of civil rights and education. The bulk of his experience stems from his prior role as a senior civil rights attorney and team leader with the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), where his work centered on investigating and remedying complaints alleging discrimination on the bases of race, color, national origin, disability, sex, and age. During his 17-year tenure with OCR, Anthony investigated and/or supervised the investigation of numerous civil rights complaints raising both individual and systemic allegations. Anthony also conducted comprehensive audits to ensure school districts’ and colleges’ compliance with civil rights requirements. While at OCR, Anthony conducted numerous presentations on various topics, including the obligation of schools to respond to incidents of racial and sexual harassment, the role of Title IX and Section 504 coordinators, and the rights of students with disabilities. Anthony has experience working with schools to identify and remedy potential civil rights concerns and has investigated a variety of cases including:
• Sexual, disability, and racial harassment
• Different treatment and disparate impact in the areas of race, disability and sex
• Discriminatory treatment in discipline
• Resource comparability
• Title IX athletics
• Disability discrimination
After leaving OCR, Anthony joined the New England Equity Assistance Center, which was part of the Educational Alliance at Brown University, assuming the role of Equity and Diversity Specialist. In that role, Anthony provided technical assistance to public schools and state educational agencies on issues related to civil rights and equity. As part of his work, Anthony helped facilitate needs-based climate assessments to help schools identify and address issues related to race and gender equity. Anthony also provided trainings and facilitated workshops on issues of racial and sexual harassment, and on identifying and addressing disparities in school discipline.
Most recently, Anthony served as Equity Coordinator and Title IX Investigator at Stonehill College. Anthony also served on the College’s diversity committee and facilitated training for college staff and administrators related to issues of diversity, inclusion and equity. Anthony is a graduate of Westfield State University and Northeastern University School of Law. Upon graduation from law school, Anthony served as a Law Clerk at the Massachusetts Appeals Court, and as Deputy Clerk for the Chief Magistrate Judge for the United District Court for the District of Massachusetts.