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Employment Discrimination Course Research: Secondary Resources

For students enrolled in Professor Bales's Employment Discrimination Course

Secondary Sources


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.

Databases & Other 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:

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:

Journal Articles

Selected Journals