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Workplace Equality (Liu)
Spring 2021   LAW 932-002  

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Meeting Times/Location
R 4:30PM - 6:30PM

Faculty
Heidi H. Liu

Sharswood Fellow

hhliu@law.upenn.edu
Additional Information

Skills Training
Oral Presentations
Expository Writing

Grading
40% Participation,
60% Paper

Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement

With Permission of Instructor

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:

- Please make an appointment to meet with me and I will review/answer questions about what you missed.

Category
Seminar

Credits
3.0

This course merges cutting-edge and foundational research in the social sciences of workplace gender equality with seminal cases related to women, workplace, and the law. We will juxtapose relevant legislation regarding sex discrimination in the United States context (e.g., Equal Protection, Title VII, Pregnancy Discrimination Act), alongside relevant cases and research on workplace disparities, from pay equity to family leave. We will also address emerging issues in this stream of law: discrimination by algorithm and mandatory arbitration. Students will weigh various legal and policy approaches and the use of social science evidence.

It may be helpful to have taken Employment Law or Employment Discrimination, though not necessary.

Course Concentrations

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.