Employment DiscriminationClass Term:
Spring Term 2019-2020Catalog Number:
3 (3 Contact, 0 Field)Priority:
General Enrollment CourseFull Year Course:
There will be a class website for this course on TWEN.
25%: scores on five (5) short, unit-specific, in-class quizzes to be taken throughout the semester. Seven (7) quizzes will be given (approximately one every other week), but each student’s two lowest scores will be dropped for grading purposes. The two dropped scores will include any quizzes missed due to absence from class, and no make-up quizzes will be given. 75%: in-class final examination (essay format).
This course will examine federal statutory law as it applies to employment discrimination, with an emphasis on discrimination based on race, sex, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion and age. The most prominent statutes in this area are Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and an older civil rights statute from the Reconstruction era, 42 U.S.C. §1981. The course will explore the substantive meanings of “discrimination” under these acts, the models of proof for establishing a claim, the theoretical underpinnings of the statutes, and some of the procedural and remedial issues relevant to employment discrimination law.