The field of employment discrimination law occupies a large part of the federal judicial landscape. The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts reported that in 2011, 1 out of 17 civil cases filed in the federal district courts involved claims of employment discrimination.
The Supreme Court has one or more such cases on its docket every term. And many such claims are litigated in state courts; at local, state, and federal administrative agencies; and before arbitrators and mediators. The nearly half-century of litigation since the passage of the first modern broad-scope civil rights legislation, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964,2 has generated a body of decisional law unprecedented in scope, volume, and depth among federal statutory causes of action.
The authors and editorspractitioners in the field of employment discrimination law on behalf of management, employees, unions, and the government, respectively, as well as professors of law in this fieldproduced this Fifth Edition of Employment Discrimination Law to update and organize the growing law, and to provide an ordered and balanced discourse on the numerous statutes, regulations, and leading cases that govern the day-to-day relations between employers and employees. This book focuses primarily on the law of Title VII, as amended by the Civil Rights Act of 1991; the Equal Pay Act (EPA); the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA); §§ 1981 and 1983 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866, as related to employment discrimination; the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as amended by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA); and the Rehabilitation Act. There are detours into other rules and statutes along the way, such as the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA)10 and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), but claims under the above seven statutes account for the overwhelming majority of federal employment discrimination litigation.
Below is a sample chapter, the Overview.