This course focuses most prominently on Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which prohibits employment discrimination based on "race, color, religion, sex, or national origin." The course considers the basic frameworks for proving discrimination under Title VII and the jurisprudence defining Title VII's protected classes. The course also investigates newer Title VII fields, like the law of sexual harassment and pregnancy discrimination. The course then compares Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which protects "a qualified individual with a disability" from employment discrimination based on his disability. The course explores the jurisprudence on who counts as a disabled person for purposes of the ADA, and examines the rights that a protected person enjoys under the statute. In addition, the course considers various state and local employment discrimination statutes.
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