Employment Law

Beyond the Binary: Protecting Sexual Minorities from Workplace Discrimination

Written by: Jessica Williams

Abstract      The LGBT community has benefitted from a rapid change in public perception. In the past few decades alone, the Supreme Court has greatly expanded the civil rights of queer people by decriminalizing homosexual conduct and recognizing gay marriage. Despite this progressive social setting, LGBT employees have yet to receive full protection from employment […]

GPS and Cell Phone Tracking of Employees

Marc Chase McAllister

Abstract This Article examines employee location tracking through smart phone apps and GPS devices attached to or embedded within an employee’s personal or company vehicle. For each form of tracking, this Article provides separate frameworks for employers to follow when conducting individual employee misconduct investigations and when tracking an entire group of employees for non-investigatory […]

Sandra F. Sperino, Retaliation and the Reasonable Person

Abstract When a worker complains about discrimination, federal law is supposed to protect that worker from later retaliation. Recent scholarly attention focuses on how courts limit retaliation claims by narrowly framing the causation inquiry. A larger threat to retaliation law is developing in the lower courts. Courts are declaring a wide swath of conduct as […]

Rachel Arnow-Richman, Mainstreaming Employment Contract Law: The Common Law Case for Reasonable Notice of Termination

This Article simultaneously exposes a fundamental error in employment termination doctrine and a paradox in contract law jurisprudence. Contemporary employment law has developed under the assumption that at-will parties may terminate their relationship both without reason and without notice. This Article argues that the second half of this formulation—the idea that parties reserve the procedural […]

Nicole Buonocore Porter, Mutual Marginalization: Individuals with Disabilities and Workers with Caregiving Responsibilities

This Article explores the marginalization of two groups of employees—individuals with disabilities and workers with caregiving responsibilities. One might argue that these two groups have little in common. However, while these groups are not perfectly aligned, they do have much in common in the workplace. First, these employees are unable to consistently meet their employers’ […]

Alex B. Long, The Forgotten Role of Consent in Defamation and Employment Reference Cases

As has been well documented, the fear of defamation suits and related claims lead many employers to refuse to provide meaningful employment references. However, an employer who provides a negative reference concerning an employee enjoys a privilege in an ensuing defamation action if the employee has consented to the release of information concerning the employee’s […]