We like to think that behaving decently at work and respecting others will protect us from discrimination cases in the workplace. To a certain degree, that is true; however, good intentions are not always enough. It's important to be able to recognize the legal underpinnings of anti-discrimination principles, including where these principles come from and how they have been interpreted by the courts.
In this course, you will delve into crucial background information regarding the origin of today's anti-discrimination laws as you're guided through tricky cases — involving issues around race, gender, age, sexual orientation, and disability status — as well as their implications for today. Sometimes it can be challenging to know how to approach these situations in the workplace. Through a combination of activities and readings, you will become better prepared to manage issues in the workplace in a way that does not leave your organization open to legal action.
Note: The information provided in this course is for academic purposes and should not be used as a substitute for legal advice.
You are required to have completed the following course or have equivalent experience before taking this course:
Employment Law in Practice
Key Course Takeaways
Analyze the potential exposure to discrimination charges in your organization
Avoid creating a hostile work environment
Create an inclusive work environment that reasonably accommodates individuals with disabilities
Jonathan and Ruby Zhu Professor of Law, Cornell Law School
Stewart J. Schwab is the Jonathan and Ruby Zhu Professor of Law at Cornell Law School and was its Allan R. Tessler Dean from 2004 to 2014. He has been a member of the Cornell Law School faculty since 1983.
A native of North Carolina, he obtained his J.D. as well as a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan. Before joining the Cornell faculty, Professor Schwab clerked for Judge J. Dickson Phillips, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and then for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the United States Supreme Court.
Professor Schwab is a leading scholar in economic analysis of law and in employment law. He was a reporter for the American Law Institute’s Restatement of Employment Law and for the Uniform Law Commission Study Committee on Covenants Not to Compete, and he has been named by Human Resource Executive as one of the 50 most powerful employment attorneys in America. He is an editor of the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, as well as a member of the Society of Empirical Legal Studies and the American Law and Economics Association.
Professor Schwab has taught widely in the curriculum, including Torts, Contracts, Corporations, Discrimination Law, Employment Law, Labor Law, Law and Economics, and Whistleblower Law.