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Employment Discrimination (Mayeri)
Fall 2020   LAW 659-001  

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Meeting Times/Location
TR 3:00PM - 4:20PM

Faculty
Serena Mayeri

Professor of Law and History

smayeri@law.upenn.edu
Additional Information

Skills Training
Oral Presentations
Team Projects

Grading
15% Participation,
85% Exam

Exam
Short Answer,
Essay,
Take Home,
Partial Open Book (Course materials)

Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement

No

Location

Class meets online.

Course Continuity
Students are encouraged to stay home if you are ill or experience flu-like symptoms. If you miss a class for any reason, it is still your responsibility to make up the work missed.

I offer the following to students who miss class due to illness:

- Class sessions are regularly recorded. I will make these recordings routinely available on the course site to everyone in the class.

- I will make PowerPoint slides or other class materials routinely available on the course site to everyone in the class.

Category
Upper-Level

Credits
3.0

This course will introduce the basic theories and legal principles underlying equal employment opportunity law in the United States. The course focuses primarily on Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended, and secondarily on the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Americans With Disabilities Act: the fundamental federal statutes prohibiting employment discrimination based on race, gender, religion, age and disability. The course begins with an overview of the primary structures of proof in employment discrimination cases--individual disparate treatment, systemic disparate treatment, and disparate impact. We then consider in greater depth specific topics including sexual harassment, gender identity and sexual orientation discrimination, retaliation, pregnancy discrimination, religious discrimination, reasonable accommodation requirements, and affirmative action.

This course will be remote only. Class sessions will consist of a mix of asynchronous, recorded lectures and synchronous discussions and other activities.

Course Concentrations

Constitutional Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of constitutional law; Perform legal analysis in the context of constitutional law; Communicate effectively on topics related to constitutional law; Demonstrate an understanding of constitutional law affects other areas of law.

Employment Law and Employee Benefits Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of employment law and employee benefits; Perform legal analysis in the context of employment law and employee benefits; Communicate effectively on topics related to employment law and employee benefits; Demonstrate an understanding of how employment law and employee benefits affect other areas of law.

Perspectives on the Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate an understanding of how the law affects, and is affected by, the individual course topic; Perform legal analysis in the context of the individual course topic; Communicate effectively on the legal and other aspects of the individual course topic; Demonstrate the ability to use other disciplines to analyze legal issues relevant to the individual course topic, including economics, philosophy, and sociology, as appropriate.

Equity and Inclusion Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of the varied legal aspects of equity and inclusion; Perform legal analysis in the context of topics related to equity and inclusion; Communicate effectively on the legal aspects of equity and inclusion; Demonstrate an understanding of how equity and inclusion are connected to and affected by a wide variety of legal and regulatory structures and doctrines.


Textbooks

"Employment Discrimination Law: Cases and Materials on Equality in the Workplace" by Maria L. Ontiveros, Roberto L. Corrada, Michael Selmi, Melissa Hart
Edition: Ninth Edition
Publisher: West Academic Publishing
ISBN: 9781634597470
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