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KDEC 9270 - Comparative Employment and Discrimination Law

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

From a comparative perspective, this course will cover current issues in employment discrimination law as they unfold in France and the United States. After a close look at how employment law has developed in both countries, the course will focus more deeply on a series of issues including: the meaning of racial discrimination and diversity; proof of disparate treatment and disparate impact discrimination; sex and transgender discrimination; the gender wage gap; harassment in the workplace; religious accommodation; age discrimination and its proxies; the concept of disability and of intersectionality.


MERCAT BRUNS, Marie (Affiliated Professor at Sciences Po Law School and Associated Tenured Law Professor at CNAM)

Course validation

A 15-minute presentation of opposing arguments presented in class by two students on one of the class topics and a 10-page research paper developing one of the issues presented. Oral participation is graded. Follow-up questions on course pack are answered for each class.

Required reading

  • ALI updates on employment discrimination law (westlaw).
  • M. Mercat-Bruns, Discrimination at Work:Comparing European, French, and American Law UC Press Berkeley 2016,
  • M. Mercat-Bruns, Discriminations en droit du travail : Dialogue avec la doctrine américaine Dalloz, "A droit ouvert", 2013
  • M. Mercat-Bruns, L. Cluzel Métayer, Discriminations dans l'emploi : Analyse comparative de la jurisprudence du Conseil d'Etat et de la Cour de cassation, Documentation Française, 2011
  • Oppenheimer, Foster and Han's Comparative Equality and Anti-Discrimination Law: Cases, Codes, Constitutions and Commentary, University Casebook Series, 2012

Additional required reading

  • Mark Bell, Antidiscrimination law and the European Union 2002 Hart Publishing
  • Course pack articles and cases
  • L. Adler, L. Crooms, J. Greenberg, M. Minow, D. Roberts, Mary Joe Frug's Women and the Law, Foundation Press 2007
  • S. Estreicher, N Hunter, Sexuality, Gender and the Law Foundation Press 2004
  • J. Friedman, Cases and Materials on the Law of Employment Discrimination, University Casebook Series, and Supplement
  • M. Mercat-Bruns, Vieillissement et droit à la lumière du droit français et du droit américain, L.G.D.J. 2001
  • R. Colker, Disability Pendulum NYU Press 2005
  • R. Ford, Racial culture: A critique Princeton University Press 2005