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284.6 sec. 1 - Sexual and Gender Harassment Law (Fall 2014)

Instructor: Barbara S. Bryant  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Units: 2
Meeting Time: M 6:25-8:15
Meeting Location: 115

Course Start: August 25, 2014
Class Number (formerly Course Control Number) (Non-1Ls): 49837

This course examines the role that sex, race, class, power and privilege have had in the development and implementation of sexual harassment law in the United States, both in work and school settings.

Through cases, articles, class discussion and guest speakers, students will learn about: (1) The evolution of sexual harassment law as a pivotal issue in employment law; (2) the extent to which sexual harassment law does and does not address harassment based on non-conforming gender identity/expression, and sexual orientation; (3)sexual harassment law internationally; and (4) advocacy efforts to prevent and remedy sexual harassment, as well as to advance sexual harassment law as a means towards greater sex/gender/sexual equality, including in the military.

Additionally, students will learn about mediating sexual harassment cases - now one of the most frequently used processes to resolve these cases in the U.S. - and have the opportunity to role-play the mediation of a sexual harassment employment case, as a mediator, attorney or party.

Barbara Bryant has specialized in sexual harassment law for over twenty-five years - as a litigator, mediator, special master and workplace investigator - and has taught Sexual Harassment Law at UC Berkeley School of Law since 1989. She has written and spoken extensively on discrimination, sexual harassment, and wrongful termination, both locally and nationally, and has spoken on comparative and international sexual harassment law to legal, academic and activist groups in India. Professor Bryant is lead author of the CEB Action Guide, Bringing and Defending a Sexual Harassment Action, author of the "Sexual Harassment" chapter in CEB's Wrongful Termination Employment Practice, and has been a mediation coach for mediation training programs of California Courts of Appeals, and Stanford Law School. She was a pioneering activist in both the Women's and Gay Movements of the 1970s and 80s, a professional carpenter prior to law school, and is an Advisory Council member of the law school's Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice.

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Course Category: Work Law
This course is cross-listed in the following categories:
International and Comparative Law
Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
Social Justice and Public Interest

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