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Employment & Labor Law

Discover a wealth of career options in workplace law

Allison List

"I have always had a passion for labor and employment law. This is not truly surprising when one looks at most Americans and realizes that no aspect of their daily lives plays a more central role than the workplace and the job that they hold. However, it was not until coming to Moritz that I really understood the breadth and the depth of the issues that are constantly operating in the background of every workplace in America. With passionate professors providing real world anecdotes, these classes are much more than a routine review of black letter law, they are an exploration of intricate policies and historical principals that shaped the current state of the law today. The Labor and Employment Program at Moritz provided me with the fundamental understanding I needed to tackle a variety of projects during my time as a summer, and now as a permanent, associate with Littler Mendelson. As president of Labor and Employment Law Association at Moritz, I encouraged others to learn about the intricacies of this multi-dimensional field and take advantage of the invaluable experience this program has to offer."

Allison List
Hometown: Solon, Ohio

For most individuals engaged in the workforce, labor and employment law contributes greatly to
the nature of the employer-employee relationship. Beginning with child labor statutes and running
through age discrimination and pension laws, the law has something to say on nearly every issue
confronting employees during their working years — wages, hours, fringe benefits, safety
and health, job security, discrimination, and employee privacy.

At Moritz, students study labor and employment law with faculty who enjoy national reputations for their scholarship in this important public
policy area. Students engaged in the critical analysis of constitutional, statutory, and common
law issues are encouraged to confront complex and controversial public policy problems. Moritz
graduates have gone on to represent unions, individual workers, private employers, federal
and state government agencies, and public interest organizations active in this field.

The three core courses in the area are Labor Law, Employment Law, and Employment
Discrimination Law. All three courses deal with fundamental aspects of the law relating to the
workplace. Labor Law addresses the relationship between employers and workers who act
collectively through a labor union. Employment Law covers state and federal regulation of terms
and conditions of employment. Employment Discrimination Law covers the laws protecting
employees from “status” discrimination — discrimination based on race, national
origin, religion, gender, age, disability, and sexual orientation.

Other related courses include Administrative Law, which provides a helpful background in
understanding the workings of federal agencies such as the National Labor Relations Board and
the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Antitrust Law may provide useful perspectives for labor law — each regulates collective action, although with distinct goals in mind. Alternative dispute resolution courses and the course on privacy are also increasingly relevant to
employer-employee relations.

The Labor and Employment Law Association (LELA), a student organization, fosters a greater understanding of the practice of labor and employment law. Moritz students have an opportunity to learn about the latest developments in this quickly growing field, as well as gain insight into the daily life of a labor and employment practitioner. LELA’s main activities consist of guest speakers and networking opportunities.

Course Sampling

 Alternative Dispute Resolution inEmployment
 Disability Discrimination
 Employee Benefits
 Employment Discrimination Law
 Employment Law
 Employment Problem
 Labor Law
 Sexual Harassment Seminar