Legal Issues in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

(INP 5131)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Instructor: Dr. Stephen J. Vodanovich

 

Phone: 474-2944  Building 41, Room 220 (Office), Room 225 (Research Lab)

e-mail: stevevodanovich@uwf.edu

 

Office Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 10:00 - 11:00; 1:30-2:30. Other times can be arranged by appointment.

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 (below). 

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

 

Click here for Adobe Acrobat Reader  (needed to view many legal documents)

 

 

 

 

 

 

~ 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

8/27
 -----

Introduction and Syllabus Review

Overview of Legal System

8/29
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

9/3
1

 

Test 1 (Chapter 1)

 

 

 

9/5
2

Major Title VII Judicial Scenarios

Bona Fide Occulational Qualifications (BFOQ)

 BFOQ Slides

.

Dothard v. Rawlinson (1977)

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

.

Automobile Workers v. Johnson Controls (1991)

 

Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC

EEOC Compliance manual - Religious Discrimination

Uniform Guidelines

Questions and Answers Interpreting the Uniform Guidelines

SIOP Principles

9/10
2

Major Title VII Judicial Scenarios

Disparate Treatment

Disparate Treatment, Mixed Motive, Pattern and Practice Slides

McDonnell-Douglas v. Green (1973)

9/12
2

Major Title VII Judicial Scenarios

Mixed Motive and Pattern or Practice Cases

Teamsters v. United States (1977)

Hazelwood School District v. United States (1977)

Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins (1989)                          Click here to listen to the oral argument in the Price Waterhouse case

Desert Palace, Inc. v. Costa (2003)

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

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

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

9/17
2

Major Title VII Judicial Scenarios

Adverse Impact

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 

Adverse Impact Slides

9/19
2

Major Title VII Judicial Scenarios

Adverse Impact

Watson v. Fort Worth Bank and Trust (1988)

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

       Watson Review in TIP

Wards Cove Packing Co. v. Antonio (1989)

Click here to listen to the oral argument in the Wards Cove case 

       Wards Cove Review in TIP


TIP Gutman --- Ground Rules for Adverse Impact

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

TIP On the Legal Front (Gutman) Adverse Impact: Why Is It So Difficult to Understand?

TIP Dunleavy & Gutman: An Update on the Statistical Versus Practical Significance Debate: A Review of Stagi v. Amtrak (2010)

Definition of "Job Applicant" for Internet and Related Electronic Technologies -- Q&A

Adoption of Questions and Answers of "Job Applicant" by the UGESP  

Uniform Guidelines Q&A

9/24
-----
Test 2 (Chapter 2)

 

9/26
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

~ Presentation/Debate ~

Vance v. Ball State University (2013)

Vance: Delle and Bougan

Ball State:  Gutierrez and Fountaine

 

10/1

 

3

 

Major Title VII Protected Class Issues

Pregnancy Discrimination, Family and Medical Leave Act and

 

 

FMLA Slides

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

10/3
3

Major Title VII Protected Class Issues (cont.)

Adjusting Test Scores

Exclusionary Rules

Adjusting Scores, Exclusionary Rules

~ Presentation/Debate ~

Ricci v. DeStefano (2009)

Ricci:  Bird and Duperreault

DeStefano:  Harnish and Howard

10/8
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

~ Presentation/Debate ~

Ledbetter v. Goodyear Rubber Co. (2007)

Ledbetter:  Peacher and O'Neil

Goodyear:  Bougas and Kanuck

  Lilly Ledbetter Testimony Before Congress

 

10/10
5
Equal Pay Act (1963)

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

Q&A Compliance Manual on Compensation Discrimination

10/15
-----
Test 3 (Chapters 3 & 5)
 
10/17
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)

10/22
6
Age Discrimination in Employment Act (1967; ADEA)

O'Conner v. Consolidated Coin Caterers Corp (1996) Click here to listen to the oral argument in the O'Conner case

 

Smith v. City of Jackson (2005) 

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

10/24
6
Age Discrimination in Employment Act (1967; ADEA)

Meacham v. KAPL (2006)

Gross v. FBL Financial Services (2009)

10/29
-----
Test 4 (Chapter 6)
 
10/31
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

 

11/5
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 the Grutter v. Bollinger case

 

11/7
7
Affirmative Action
Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (2013)
11/12
-----
Test 5 (Chapter 7)
 
11/14
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)

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

11/19
8

Americans With Disabilities Act (1990) and

American WIth Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA, 2008)

~ Presentation/Debate ~

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

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

Sutton:  Crawford, Della Sala, and Tubbs

UAL: Corelli and Lesher

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

 

11/21
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

11/26
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Test 6 (Chapter 8)
 
11/28
 

Thanksgiving Holiday --- No Class

 
12/3
9
Retaliation

Retaliation Slides

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

Robinson v. Shell Oil (1997)

12/5
 
Retaliation

Thompson v. North American Stainless (2011)

Kasten v. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics (2011)

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)

U. Texas:  Li, Speaks, and Waldon

Nassar:  Oliver and Sunwall

Exam Week
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Test 7 (Chapter 9)
 

 

Some Important Links: 

Student Disability Services

Student Grievence Process

University Evacuation Procedures

 

Grading Criteria
  • Tests (75% of grade)  -- combination of multiple choice and short essay format .
  • Class participation (10%)
  • Presentation/Debate: (15%)
  • Class attendence is required.  Each unexcused absence will result in 1/2 a letter grade reduction in the final grade
*** Please note that makeup tests will not be given.