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When Rules Are Made To Be Broken: The Case Of Sexual Harassment Law, David S. Sherwyn, Nicholas F. Menillo, Zev J. Eigen Jan 2017

When Rules Are Made To Be Broken: The Case Of Sexual Harassment Law, David S. Sherwyn, Nicholas F. Menillo, Zev J. Eigen

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Judicial holdings regarding sexual harassment actions have put judges who want to ensure what they view as a just outcome in the awkward position of having to choose between following precedent or “breaking the rules.” This article presents a theoretical assessment and empirical analysis of judicial rule-breaking with regard to two rules relating to sexual harassment. The first such rule, established in the Oncale decision, opened the door to the “equal-opportunity harasser” who treats everyone badly and thus escapes the prohibition on harassment “due to sex.” The other rule, set forth in the Ellerth and Faragher decisions, establishes a two-prong ...


Experimental Evidence That Retaliation Claims Are Unlike Other Employment Discrimination Claims, David S. Sherwyn, Zev J. Eigen Aug 2016

Experimental Evidence That Retaliation Claims Are Unlike Other Employment Discrimination Claims, David S. Sherwyn, Zev J. Eigen

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The type of discrimination claim that strikes fear in the hearts of all employers is the dreaded retaliation claim. While employers contend, and plaintiffs admit, that retaliation is different from other discrimination complaints, employee advocates have put forth legislation that would equalize retaliation with the other types of discrimination. This bill, Protecting Older Workers against Discrimination Act (POWADA), would expand the so-called mixed-motive jury instruction to age, and disability, as well as retaliation. Moreover, it would allow plaintiffs, not judges, to decide which types of instruction the jury would receive. In this article, the authors argue that retaliation claims should ...