Employment Discrimination (LAW-668-001)
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Anti-discrimination law is an important regulator of employer-employee relationships in the United States. Law students interested in many areas of U.S. employment, business, labor, and/or civil rights law should acquire a strong grounding in workplace anti-discrimination laws. This course is a survey of the major federal statutes prohibiting discrimination in the workplace. Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion or sex. We will cover the various forms of establishing liability, and defenses to liability, under that statute. Title VII cases raise many issues, including intentional and unintentional discrimination, racial and sexual harassment, classifications based on pregnancy or childbirth, LGBT issues, the use of affirmative action in employment and others. We will also discuss discrimination the basis of disability, whistle-blower protections, and issues relating to discrimination on the basis of immigration status, all of which are issues of rising importance in employment. The syllabus sets out all the issues and cases we will address.
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