New York Fellows Luncheon
This event is free to registerees.
Featured Keynote: “Rights on Trial: How Employment Discrimination Law Perpetuates Inequality” with:
- Robert L. Nelson – ABF Director Emeritus and MacCrate Research Chair in the Legal Profession
- Laura Beth Nielsen – ABF Research Professor; Professor of Sociology and Law, Director of Legal Studies, Northwestern University
On the surface, America’s commitment to equal opportunity in the workplace has never been clearer. Virtually every company has anti-discrimination policies in place, and there are laws designed to protect these rights across a range of marginalized groups. This progressive vision of the law falls far short in practice. When aggrieved individuals turn to the law, the adversarial character of litigation imposes considerable personal and financial costs that make plaintiffs feel like they’ve lost regardless of the outcome of their case. Employer defendants also are dissatisfied with the system, often feeling “held up” by what they see as frivolous cases. And even when a case is resolved in the plaintiff’s favor, the conditions that gave rise to the lawsuit rarely change. As a result, the contemporary approach to workplace discrimination law perversely reinforces the very hierarchies that anti-discrimination laws were created to redress.
Lunch Available at 12:00 p.m.
Presentation to commence at 12:30 p.m.
The Fellows gratefully recognize: