Employment Law

Employment Law

Course Description

The course will survey the legal, social, political, and economic contexts in which the employer-employee relationship has developed in both the public and private sectors. Topics will address the establishment of the employment relationship (including hiring, restrictions on employers inquiries, medical and drug testing, employment discrimination and affirmative action), terms and conditions of employment (including regulation of wages and hours, equal pay and comparable worth, sexual harassment, working conditions, safety and heath, and disability benefits), and the termination of employment (including the employment-at-will rule and its limitations, wrongful discharge, employment security, and unemployment and retirement benefits). Grading will be by examination, and, possibly, a short research paper.