Law 263 - Employment Discrimination Law

David Simson

David Simson

Bernard A. and Lenore S. Greenberg Law Review Fellow
B.S.B.A. University of Denver, 2010
J.D. UCLA, 2013
Course Description:

This course examines the regulation of employment discrimination through Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related laws. It offers a comprehensive introduction to conceptualizing and relating difference, discrimination, and equality in the workplace. Race and sex are the primary focus, but with attention to and comparison with disability, national origin, religion, age, and sexual orientation. The course provides both practical knowledge necessary to identify and analyze employment discrimination problems in a practice setting and a theoretical foundation relevant to other areas of civil rights and antidiscrimination law. Also considered are comparisons between antidiscrimination and other approaches to workplace fairness. Evaluation by examination.

Course Learning Outcomes:

Students will learn how to:

  • identify indicators of potential discrimination issues in the employment context
  • differentiate between various substantive theories of employment discrimination and choose the appropriate theory/theories that apply to a particular factual scenario
  • understand key similarities and differences in how employment discrimination law protects various human characteristics (protected categories) and apply the appropriate arguments to a particular factual scenario
  • understand and evaluate theoretical and policy debates about the nature of discrimination, the nature of protected categories, and how each ought to be regulated in the workplace
  • understand and evaluate types of remedies available in cases of employment discrimination
  • evaluate how different aspects of employment discrimination law are likely to shape the behavior of workers and employers
  • consider all of these issues in providing advice to different types of potential clients