Legal Issues in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

(INP 5131)

 

 

 

Instructor: Dr. Stephen J. Vodanovich

 

Phone: 474-2944  Building 41, Room 220 (Office)

e-mail: svodanov@uwf.edu

 

Required reading:  Gutman, A., Koppes, L. L., & Vodanovich, S. J. EEO Law and Personnel Practices  (3rd ed.). Taylor and Francis Publishers. 

Also, Supreme Court cases, Guidelines, Laws, and Acts (see below).  Additional readings, summaries, and short presentations may be assinged

for extra credit based on emerging issues.

Web site for the book (includes cases, laws, guidelines, etc.)

 

Primary Learning Objectives

Students should be able to:

           

1)  Explain the major legal issues in EEO law, including the importance and complexity of these issues.

2)  Summarize and evaluate the content of primary legal sources (e.g., Acts, Guidelines, Court cases).

3)  Discuss the impact of court cases, guidelines, etc. for individuals, organizations, and society.

4)  Discuss the connection between the use of statistics (e.g., reliability, adverse impact) and validity (e.g., content,

      criterion-related) and EEO law.

5)  Particiapate in discussions regarding the major legal issues involved in various court decisions and laws.

6)  Succinctly review the legal status of a given issue and evaluate its strengths and weaknesses.

7)  Give a formal presentation and/or debate on the major aspects of a given court case and discuss/debate the merits of

     the positions taken by both the petitioner and defendant.

8)  Provide recommendations for how organizations can implement practices and procedures that

      allow them to comply with EEOC regulations and help prevent various forms of discrimination.

 

 

 

Approximate Timeline

 

 

Date

 

 

Chapter

 

Topic

 

Slides, Cases, Links

8/22
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Introduction and Syllabus Review

Overview of Legal System

 

TIP Extent of Coverage of Legal Issues in I/O Programs

Biographies of Current Supreme Court Justices

Interviews with Justices:

 

Chief Justice Roberts (Link)

Justice Kennedy (Link)

Justice Thomas (Link)

Justice Ginsburg (Link)

Justice Bryer (Link)

Justice Alito (Link)

Justice Sotomayor (Link)

Justice Kagan (Link)

Supreme Cout Justice Seating Test

Introduction

 

8/24
1

 

Regulatory Agencies (e.g., EEOC, OFCCP)

Overview of 6 Dimensions

Title VII Overview

Amendments

Chapter 1 Slides

Civil Rights Act of 1964

Glossary of Legal Terms

All Constitutional Amendments

8/29

 

1

 

Test 1 (Chapter 1)

 

 

 

8/31
2

Major Title VII Judicial Scenarios

Bona Fide Occulational Qualifications (BFOQ) and Disparate Treatment

 

Disparate Treatment and Mixed-Motive Slides

McDonnell-Douglas v. Green (1973)

Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins (1989)

Click here to listen to the oral argument in Price Waterhouse

Desert Palace, Inc. v. Costa (2003)

Click here to listen to the oral argument and/or decision in Costa

 

Uniform Guidelines

Questions and Answers Interpreting the Uniform Guidelines

 

SIOP Principles

 

 

 

 

9/5

 

No Class - Labor Day

 

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9/7
2

Major Title VII Judicial Scenarios

Mixed Motive and Pattern or Practice Cases

  Pattern & Practice Slides

 

Teamsters v. United States (1977)

Hazelwood School District v. United States (1977)

 

Wal-Mart Stores v. Dukes, et al. (2011)

Click here to listen to the oral argument in Wal-Mart v. Dukes

 

TIP Summary of Wal-Mart v. Dukes (Gutman)

 

 BFOQ Slides

.

Dothard v. Rawlinson (1977)

Click here to listen to the oral arguments in the Dothard case

.

Automobile Workers v. Johnson Controls (1991)

 

 

 

9/12

 

2

Major Title VII Judicial Scenarios

Adverse Impact

Adverse Impact Slides

Griggs v. Duke Power Co. (1971)  

Click here to listen to the oral argument in the Griggs case

Connecticut v. Teal (1982)

Click here to listen to the oral argument in the Teal case 

Watson v. Fort Worth Bank and Trust (1988)

Click here to listen to the oral argument in the Watson case 

       Watson Review in TIP

 

9/14
2

Major Title VII Judicial Scenarios

Adverse Impact

Wards Cove Packing Co. v. Antonio (1989)

Click here to listen to the oral argument in Wards Cove  

       Wards Cove Review in TIP

TIP Not Your Old Adverse Impact (Tonowsk, 2014)

TIP Summary of Stagi v. Amtrack (Adverse Impact)

Disparate Impact and CRA-91 article ||  CRA-91 Analysis (BNA)

Civil Rights Act of 1991

Uniform Guidelines Q&A

9/19

 

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Test 2 (Chapter 2)

9/21
3

Major Title VII Protected Class Issues

Sexual Harassment

and Racial Harassment

 Sex Discrimination Slides

Meritor Savings Bank v. Vinson (1986)

Click here to listen to the oral argument in the Vinson case

Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services, Incorporated, et al. (96-568)

Click here to listen to the oral argument in the Oncale case

 TIP  Gutman--- Unresolved Issues in Same-Sex Harassment

Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC

 

EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch

 

EEOC Compliance manual - Religious Discrimination

~ Presentation/Debate ~

 

Vance v. Ball State University (2013)

Vance: Andrea Corneliuss                                                                            Ball State: Zachary Eddy                                                                       

9/26

 

3

 

Major Title VII Protected Class Issues

Pregnancy Discrimination, Family and Medical Leave Act, Adjusting Test Scores, Exclusionary Rules

 

FMLA Slides

Family and Medical Leave Act (Public Law 103-3)

~ Presentation/Debate ~

 

Young v. UPS (Pregnancy Discrimination)

 

  Click here to listen to the oral argument and/or decision in Young v. UPS

 

Young: Heather Joness

UPS: Jared Vandam                                                                                       

 

SC Ruling in Young v. UPS: A Major Victory for Pregnanct Employees (Gutman)

 

 

 

9/28

 

3

Adjusting Scores, Exclusionary Rules

~ Presentation/Debate ~

Ricci v. DeStefano (2009)

 

 Click here to listen to the oral argument in Ricci v. DeStefano

 

Ricci: Sinan Julnes

DeStefano: Carey Faust

10/3

5
Equal Pay Act (1963)

Equal Pay Act (Public Law 88-38)

EPA Slides

Corning Glass Works v. Brennan (1974)

Click here to listen to the oral argument in the Corning case

 

 

10/5
5
Equal Pay Act (1963)

~ Presentation/Debate ~

 

Ledbetter v. Goodyear Rubber Co. (2007)

Click here to the oral argument in Ledbetter v. Goodyear

Ledbetter:  Amaris Bronner

Goodyear: Michael White

  Lilly Ledbetter Testimony Before Congress

 

Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 (H.R. 11)

Q&A Compliance Manual on Compensation Discrimination

10/10

 

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Test 3 (Chapters 3 & 5)

10/12
6
Age Discrimination in Employment Act (1967; ADEA)

Age Discrimination in Employment Act (Public Law 90-202)

ADEA Slides

Western Air Lines, Inc. v. Criswell (1985)

 

O'Conner v. Consolidated Coin Caterers Corp (1996)

Click here to listen to the oral argument in the O'Conner case

10/17
6
Age Discrimination in Employment Act (1967; ADEA)

Smith v. City of Jackson (2005) 

Click here to lsiten to the oral argument in Smith v. CIty of Jackson

 

TIP On The Legal Front (Gutman, July 2005) Smith v. City of Jackson --- Adverse Impact in the ADEA --- Well Sort Of

Meacham v. KAPL (2006)

 Click here to lsiten to the oral argument inMeacham v. KAPL

Gross v. FBL Financial Services (2009) --- Mixed-Motive

Click here to listen to the oral argument in Gross v. FBL

10/19 6 Age Discrimination in Employment Act (1967; ADEA)

--- Bona Fide Seniority System (BFSS) & Bona FIde Occupational Qualification

      (BFOQ) Defenses

--- Older Workers Benefits Protection Act (OWBPA)

--- Bona Fide Benefits Plan (BFBP) Defense

 

10/24

 

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Test 4 (Chapter 6)

 

 

10/26
7
Affirmative Action

Executive Order #11246 as amended

Affirmative Action Slides

Regents of the University of California v. Bakke (1978)

Click here to listen to the oral arguments and/or decision in the Bakke case

United Steelworkers of America, AFL-CIO-CLC v. Weber (1979)

Click here to listen to the oral argument in the Weber case

Johnson v. Transportation Agenc (1987)

Click here to listen to the oral argument in the Johnson case

 

10/31
7
Affirmative Action

Gratz v. Bollinger (2003)  

Click here to listen to the oral arguments and/or decision in Gratz v. Bollinger

TIP On the Legal Front article in The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist summarizing the Gratz, Grutter, and Costa rulings (October, 2003)

Grutter v. Bollinger (2003)  

Click here to listen to the oral arguments in Grutter v. Bollinger

Schuette v. BAMN (2013) a.k.a. as Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action

Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (2016)

Click here to listen to the oral arguments in Fisher v. UT (2016)

 

11/2

 

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Test 5 (Chapter 7)

 

 
11/7
8

Americans With Disabilities Act (1990) and

American WIth Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA, 2008)

Americans With Disabilities Act, 1990 (Public Law 101-336)

ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA)

TIP ADAAA Summary Article (Dunleavy & Gutman, 2009)

~ Presentation/Debate ~

 

Sutton v. United Air Lines, Inc. (1999)

Click here to listen to the oral argument in the Sutton case

Sutton: Sarah Rich

UAL: Amanda Yazejian

Rehabilitation Act of 1973:

Section 501 & 505 | Section 503| Section 504

 Disability Slides

Enforcement Guidance: Disability-related inquiries and medical examinations under the ADA

Employer Responsibilities Under the ADA

11/9
8

Americans With Disabilities Act (1990) and

American WIth Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA, 2008)

 

PGA Tour v. Martin (2001)

Click here to listen to the oral argument and/or decision in the Martin case

McKay v. Toyota (1997)

TIP Gutman --- On the Legal Front: Two January 2002 Supreme Court Rulings: Toyota v. Williams & EEOC v. Waffle House

 

Summers vs. Altarum Institute Corp., No. 13-1645 (4th Cir. January 23, 2014)

 

11/14
8

Americans With Disabilities Act (1990) and

American WIth Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA, 2008)

Toyota v. Williams (2002)

  Click here to listen to the oral argument and/or decision in the Toyota v. Williams case

U.S. Airways v. Barnett (2002)

Click here to listen to the oral argument and/or decision in the Barnett case

Section 508 of RE-1973 (as amended) -- Requires federal government to guarantee that electronic and information technology that it develops, purchases, maintains, or uses is accessible to people with disabilities.

 

Section 508: The Law (U.S. Access Board) Link

Section 508 Requirements and Responsibilities -- Link

 

 

11/16

 

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Test 6 (Chapter 8)

 

 
11/21
9
Retaliation

Retaliation Slides

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company v. White (2006)

Robinson v. Shell Oil (1997)

 

Thompson v. North American Stainless (2011)

Kasten v. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics (2011)

 

11/23
No Class

11/28
9
Retaliation

EEOC: Facts About Retaliation

EEOC: Retaliation Discrmination

Section 8 of the EEOC Compliance Manual on Retaliation

~ Presentation/Debate ~

 

Univeristy of Texas Southwestern Medical Center v. Nassar (2013)

  Click here to listen to the oral argument in UT SW Medical Center v. Nassar

 

Nassar: Holly Atkinson                                                                                 UT SW Medical Center: Cassidy Beale                                                            

 

Vodanovich, S. J., & Piotrowski, C. (2014). Workplace Retaliation: A Review of Emerging Case Law.  The Psychologist-Manager Journal, 17, 7178.

 

11/30

 

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Test 7 (Chapter 9)

 

 

 

Some Important Links: 

Student Disability Services

Student Grievence Process

University Evacuation Procedures

 

 

~ Grading Criteria ~

 

 

  • Tests (90% of grade)  -- Combination of multiple choice and short essay format
  • Presentation/Debate: (10%)
  • Class attendence is required.  Each unexcused absence will result in a 1/2 letter grade reduction in the final grade

 

*** Please note that makeup tests will not be given.