Fall 2016 Course Schedule

Emplymnt Discrim (LAW-668-001)

Meets: 06:00 PM - 07:20 PM (TTH) - Warren - Room N101

Enrolled: 24 / Limit: 40

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Anti-discrimination law has become the predominant mode for regulating the relationship between employers and employees in the United States (though not, it bears noting in all parts of the world). In many respects, anti-discrimination law not only defines but also limits the rights workers can claim in relation to their employment experience. Law students interested in many areas of U.S. employment, business, labor, and/or civil rights law therefore should acquire a strong grounding in the analytic bases of U.S. anti-discrimination law as it applies to workplace relations. That is what this course tries to provide.

Our investigation will proceed as follows: After a short introductory unit, we will examine the structure of and distinctions among various theories of discrimination in the U.S., including disparate treatment and disparate impact discrimination. We then will focus on several specific substantive areas of employment discrimination law, including race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, retaliation and whistleblower protection. In our final unit we will examine miscellaneous selected topics including remedies and alternative dispute resolution in the nonunion and union contexts. There will also be room for students’ presentations on topics of their choice if they choose to work on an extra credit paper as explained further below.

Textbooks and Other Materials

The textbook information on this page was provided by the instructor. Students should use this information when considering purchases from the AU Campus Store or other vendors. Students may check to determine if books are currently available for purchase online.

*Ontiveros et al., Employment Discrimination Law: Cases and Materials on Equality in the Workplace (9th ed., Thomson/West, 2016): ISBN 13: 978-1-63459-747-0

Statutory Supplement to Employment Discrimination Law, 8th ed. (2010), ISBN 978-0-314-26731-3

* N.B. It is very important that you get the correct—, 9th, 2016—edition of this book as there are many new important cases

First Class Readings

CLASS ONE: Introduction I
Casebook, pp. 3-42 (38); familiarize yourself with statutes in Statutory Supplement
Read background sections for background
Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co


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