Employment discrimination law is about prohibiting or encouraging behaviors in the
workplace regarding differences in people. It has evolved over the years significantly,
and the passage of Title VII, the US. Civil Rights Act, has made more changes to how
the US defines the right to work free from harassment and discrimination, than any
other law, case, or regulation in the nation. This project has three parts. Part 1 asks you
to answer eight questions about employment discrimination. Part 2 asks you to pick one
US Supreme court case from a list, to discuss. Part 3 asks you to review pending
legislation regarding employment discrimination, and provide a few details about one
currently pending (i.e. not yet passed) bill in either your state, or the federal
government. Remember, the focus of the project is on employment discrimination.
1. What must a person who is claiming they were harassed in the workplace allege in
order to first state a case with the EEOC for each of the following types of harassment:
2. Explain the difference between sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and sexual
orientation discrimination, as those terms are used legally.
3. How does GINA protect a person whose mother died of breast cancer from employment
4. Provide one example of a behavior that could be found to be both a hostile environment
and quid pro quo forms of sexual harassment at the same time. Explain how a person
could argue that this behavior at work was illegal.