Department of Labor
The DOL is responsible for the administration of federal laws governing occupational safety and health, wage and hour standards, unemployment benefits, reemployment services, and occasionally, economic statistics. It is headed by the Secretary of Labor, who reports directly to the President of the United States and is a member of the president's Cabinet. The DOL administers and enforces more than 180 federal laws and thousands of federal regulations.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
The EEOC was established under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to administer and enforce civil rights laws in cases involving workplace discrimination. The agency investigates discrimination complaints based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including sexual orientation, pregnancy, and gender identity), age, disability, genetic information, and retaliation for participating in a complaint of discrimination. The Commission mediates, settles, and files civil discrimination suits on behalf of victims. The EEOC has authority to investigate and prosecute cases against many organizations. Moreover, the commissioner can issue charges without a complainant.
EEOC Commission Decisions
"Commission Decisions concern a particular charge of discrimination and its specific facts, but the legal interpretations set forth may be applied to similar cases by EEOC. They should not be confused with EEOC's federal sector appellate decisions in federal employee complaints of discrimination."
EEOC Laws & Guidance
"Laws, regulations and policy guidance, and also fact sheets, Q&As, best practices, and other information organized by basis of discrimination."
Databases & Other Sources
Bureau of Labor Statistics
The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor is the primary federal entity responsible for measuring working conditions and other labor-related topics in the United States. A wealth of statistics is available on their web site.
Federal Legislative Histories (Hein)
Search by popular name to find legislative histories of the Americans with Disabilities Act and other legislation.
Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse
"The Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse collects and presents documents and information from large-scale civil rights cases across the United States."
National Conference of State Legislatures: Labor & Employment
"Labor and employment issues are covered by a combination of state and federal laws and are important to workers, businesses, labor organizations and governments. NCSL’s resources on labor and employment issues are arranged around six topic clusters: collective bargaining, discrimination, employee leave, personnel issues, unemployment, and wage and hour."
Lexis Labor & Employment Law Practice Center
Provides access to federal and state employment law cases, arbitration awards, statutes, regulations, and secondary sources.
Legal treatises, or books, are often a good way to begin researching a legal topic. These treatises can be one-volume or multi-volume and may be updated with pocket parts. They provide a discussion of the law in that area and can give you references to other research materials.
When searching for legal treatises or books, feel free to check our online POLAR Library Catalog.
A few of the treatises & books on employment discrimination available at the Taggart Law Library include:
A Short and Happy Guide to Employment Discrimination by
If the phrase "in other words" is your favorite part of class, then this is the book for you. This book takes the complicated subject of Employment Discrimination and breaks it down to easily understood pieces. The Big Three statutes! The theories of liability! Defenses! Remedies! Procedures! It's all here with a summary at the end of each section and a comparison of the different theories of liability. You'll be a happier student by the end of the book.
Publication Date: 2021-03-29
Understanding Employment Discrimination Law by
With the addition of a new co-author, Professor Bruce N. Cameron, the third edition of Understanding Employment Discrimination Law continues its tradition of providing a comprehensive and up-to-date discussion of all aspects of the complex and rapidly changing field of employment discrimination law. Although the scope and application of the Supreme Court's recent watershed decisions remain to be worked out in the lower courts, this book's discussion of these cases will provide the student and practitioner alike with a point-of-departure for following the development of the law in these areas.
Publication Date: 2020-09-18
Principles of Employment Discrimination Law by
This Concise Hornbook explains the intricate doctrines and frameworks of proof that courts have developed in interpreting federal employment discrimination statutes. It provides in-depth treatment of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Designed for use by law students, scholars, and practitioners, the book identifies the critical elements of disparate treatment and disparate impact theory and proof requirements for claims of harassment and retaliation. Separate sections address distinctive issues relating to religious discrimination, pregnancy and caregiver discrimination, pay equity suits and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The book covers U.S. Supreme Court precedents as well as developments and trends in the lower courts.
Publication Date: 2018-11-28
The Law of Employment Discrimination by
This book provides comprehensive treatment of the major federal employment discrimination statutes, focusing on Title VII, the ADEA, the ADA, and Section 1981. It discusses who is liable for discrimination and the people the statutes protect from discrimination. The book offers an extensive discussion of the frameworks for analyzing discrimination, including frameworks for individual disparate treatment, pattern or practice, harassment, disparate impact, and retaliation. One chapter focuses on religious accommodation and another chapter focuses on disability accommodation. The book also contains separate treatment of affirmative action. It also explores defenses to discrimination claims, the procedure for pursuing claims, and remedies. The book provides extensive discussion of canonical cases.
Publication Date: 2019-06-28
Federal Law of Employment Discrimination in a Nutshell by
This text is designedto assist students -- both law and undergraduate -- to achieve a basicunderstanding of this complex area of the law, and provide an up to date reviewfor the practitioner. The focus is upon Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of1964 (race, national origin, sex, and religious discrimination), the AgeDiscrimination in Employment Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act asapplied to the workplace. The book addresses the method of proving violations,both disparate treatment and disparate impact analysis, including a briefprimer of statistical proof, as well as the defenses to the express use ofproscribed classifications. Finally, the book provides a quick reference to thecomplex procedural and remedial provisions of the statutes.
Publication Date: 2017-08-11
Examples and Explanations for Employment Discrimination by
A favorite classroom prep tool of successful students that is often recommended by professors, the Examples & Explanations (E&E) series provides an alternative perspective to help you understand your casebook and in-class lectures. Each E&E offers hypothetical questions complemented by detailed explanations that allow you to test your knowledge of the topics in your courses and compare your own analysis. Here's why you need an E&E to help you study throughout the semester: Clear explanations of each class topic, in a conversational, funny style. Features hypotheticals similar to those presented in class, with corresponding analysis so you can use them during the semester to test your understanding, and again at exam time to help you review. It offers coverage that works with ALL the major casebooks, and suits any class on a given topic. The Examples & Explanations series has been ranked the most popular study aid among law students because it is equally as helpful from the first day of class through the final exam.
Publication Date: 2017-04-10
Selected Subject Headings
Sometimes by browsing the stacks in a particular area, you can find something better than what you were originally looking for! Here are some selected subject headings for statutory interpretation:
HeinOnline This link opens in a new window
HeinOnline is a premier online research platform that provides more than 194 million pages of multidisciplinary periodicals, essential government documents, international resources, case law, and much more. Composed of fully searchable image-based PDFs, the wealth of material allows academic institutions, government agencies, law firms, court systems, corporations, and other organizations access to authoritative, true-to-print digital material without the hassle of using multiple research databases.
JSTOR : the Scholarly Journal Archive This link opens in a new window
Full text articles, eBooks, and primary sources for many disciplines.
SSRN Legal Scholarship Network This link opens in a new window
The Social Science Research Network is a repository for preprints devoted to the rapid dissemination of scholarly research in the social sciences, humanities, life sciences, and health sciences, among others.