University of Pittsburgh
Term: Spring Term 2011-12 (2124)
Catalog Number: 5216
Class Number: 26595
Room: LAW 109.
Class Schedule:
  • M 12:00 pm -2:50 pm
  • Instructor:
    Type: Lecture
    Credits: 3.0 Credits
    Priority: General Enrollment Course

    Course Description from Course Catalog 5216

    Additional Info

    Goals of the Class. As a nation we are committed to the principle of "equality." However there is an ongoing legislative, judicial, and public policy debate about what "equality" means. In this course we focus on problems associated with efforts to achieve "equality" in the workplace. This course will provide students with an intensive overview of key doctrinal issues in employment discrimination law. It will also develop students’ skills in applying this knowledge to the kinds of problems employment discrimination lawyers encounter on a regular basis, such as assessing potential claims from the plaintiff and defense perspectives, reviewing compliance, developing policy, and litigating cases.

    Course Content. The class will focus initially on cases falling under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and 42 U.S.C. Section 1981 but will also address the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and other relevant federal statutes and Constitutional prohibitions.

    Course Materials. Students will review and analyze statutory and regulatory provisions and leading cases. This core reading will be supplemented by relevant scholarly work, legislative history and agency interpretations. Students will have the opportunity to work through simulations and case studies that further extend and apply the information in course readings.

    Course Format. Classes will consist of a mixture of lecture, Socratic Method, open discussion, and informal student presentations.


    This course has a single take-home final examination. It will be given during the regular examination period and can be checked out anytime during that period but must be returned within 6 hours of the time it was checked out. The exam will be based on the required readings as well as material covered in lecture or class discussion. The final grade will be a combination of your final examination and a score for meaningful participation in class discussions. The final examination will constitute 80% of the grade. Meaningful class participation will constitute 20% of the grade.

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