The past year proved to be very important for constitutional equal protection and employment discrimination law in the U.S. Supreme Court. In a pair of hotly contested decisions, the court made significant headway toward recognizing the civil rights of same-sex couples. Elsewhere, the court eliminated a key provision of the Voting Rights Act and elaborated on its standards for affirmative action. And, in two controversial but less discussed decisions, the court significantly narrowed the circumstances under which employees may sue their employers for sexual harassment and discrimination under the Civil Rights Act.
Is the court headed toward a broader recognition of civil rights or a narrower one? Is there any coherence in the court’s approach? Do these court decisions affect you? These questions and more will be addressed by three leading scholars at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, each of whom has studied these areas of constitutional and employment discrimination law in depth. Be sure to join this discussion and see how civil rights have been redefined.
The panelists for this discussion are Dean William M. Carter Jr., Professor Deborah L. Brake, and Professor Anthony C. Infanti.
The panel discussion will be moderated by Professor Jasmine B. Gonzales Rose.