Employment Discrimination

B680 is taught by Watson, D. Widiss

This course focuses on the federal civil rights statutes that prohibit employment discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, and disability. The course considers litigation strategy and the sources, theories, and goals of anti-discrimination law. Specific subjects covered include employers responsibilities (or lack thereof) to accommodate or address pregnancy and family responsibilities, religious practices, disabilities, and workplace harassment. The applicability of current law to alleged discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity is also addressed. Students are required to engage in a simulated client intake and complete several pass/fail assignments that provide practice applying the legal concepts discussed. Grades will be based primarily on performance on an in-class open book final exam, but performance on the assignments and in-class discussion may also be taken into consideration.