Discussion of "Unequal: How America’s Courts Undermine Discrimination Law"
In their new book, Professors Sandra Sperino and Suja Thomas make the case that over the course of the last half century, employment discrimination claims have come to operate in a fundamentally different legal system than other claims. It is in many respects a parallel universe, one in which the legal system systematically favors employers over employees. A host of procedural, evidentiary, and substantive mechanisms serve as barriers for employees, making it extremely difficult for them to access the courts and fairly easy for judges to dismiss a case prior to trial. Americans are unaware of how the system operates partly because they think that race and gender discrimination are in the process of fading away. But such discrimination still happens in the workplace, and workers now have little recourse to fight it legally. By tracing the modern history of employment discrimination, Sperino and Thomas provide an authoritative account of how our legal system evolved into an institution that is inherently biased against workers making rights claims.
Commentary on the book will be provided by Robert Nelson, the MacCrate Research Chair in the Legal Profession at the ABF, professor of sociology and law at Northwestern University, and the Director Emeritus of the American Bar Foundation. He is a leading scholar in the fields of the legal profession and discrimination law and has authored or edited numerous books and articles, including Rights on Trial: How Workplace Discrimination Law Perpetuates Inequality.
Hosted by the Law, Behavior, and Social Science Program at the University of Illinois College of Law
Event is free and open to the public.
Lunch will be provided to attendees.