This course will explore the full range of employment discrimination law, focusing initially on Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which prohibits employment discrimination based on "race, color, religion, sex, or national origin." The course initially will address the basic legal framework for proving individual and class-based impact discrimination under Title VII, focusing initially on race and sex discrimination (including liability for workplace harassment, pay equity and discrimination in compensation, and sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination) as well as addressing how the courts utilize statistics in employment discrimination litigation. Remedial and procedural issues involving federal and state laws against discrimination will be covered in this context. The course will then focus on legal issues involving other forms of employment discrimination, including age discrimination, national origin, and religious discrimination. Affirmative action in employment, and the tension between equal treatment and equal results, will be studied. Disability discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act and protection against retaliation for filing discrimination claims and opposition to discrimination in the workplace will also be considered. A deeper dive into procedural and remedial issues, including the role of the EEOC and OFCCP and the role of the private bar, arbitration and mediation of statutory claims, and the use of class and collective actions in enforcing federal and state employment discrimination laws, will conclude the course.
For details on class times, days of the week, instructors, and grading and exam details, please view the Michigan Law Class Schedule.