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Employment Discrimination in the Firm: Does the Legal System Provide Remedies for Women and Minority Members of the Bar?

Eyana J. Smith

This article provides an analysis of employment discrimination and harassment in legal workplaces, focusing on law firms. The author gives an overview of employment discrimination law particularly in the context of legal employers. The article then summarizes employment discrimination cases brought against legal employers. The primary discussion will focuses on Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, although state employment discrimination laws are mentioned. The author then theorizes why Title VII claims are generally unsuccessful against legal employers. Finally, the author suggests ways that legal employers can prevent employment discrimination or harassment claims, and explores the ways in which law firms have incorporated these suggestions into their infrastructures.
  • Print Location Smith, Eyana J., Employment Discrimination in the Firm: Does the Legal System Provide Remedies for Women and Minority Members of the Bar?, 6 U. Pa. J. Lab. & Emp. L. 789 (2004).

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