Labor & Employment Law Pathway
The practice of Labor and Employment Law and Employment Discrimination Law, is the practice of the law that governs and regulates the workplace. Work is important. Work underlies the identity of many Americans. Workplace law is fascinating because it forces legislators, triers of fact, and triers of law to grapple with the nuances of the life of the workplace: the human psyche, interpersonal exchanges, and the dynamics that exist between groups and individuals. Unlike in many countries, like Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, and Sweden, which all have statutory provisions requiring employers to show good cause prior to discharging employees, employment in the United States is presumed to be at-will. This means that any employer may hire, fire, and set up terms and conditions for its employees as it sees fit. Atop this presumption, however, is engrafted legislation and sometimes judge-made law that dictates restrictions on how and why changes in the terms and conditions of one’s employment (including hiring and firing) may be implemented.
Employment Law equips students to deal with a host of questions that may come up in a lawsuit against an employer, including: What rights to expression or protection from various searches do employees enjoy? What differentiates a public employer’s workplace from that of a private employer? What circumstances, if any, give rise to an unjust dismissal? What post termination restraints may employers place upon employees? Employment Discrimination focuses on that area of employment law that attempts to regulate status or class-based discrimination in the workplace, and it explores the protection that major pieces of federal legislation afford different groups. Labor Law addresses itself largely to the National Labor Relations Act and the body of law that has grown up around the existence of labor unions. The Employment Discrimination Seminar offered explores the theory and scholarship surrounding areas not covered in depth in the survey class, like stereotyping, bullying, and subconscious bias in the workplace.
There are a number of courses devoted to subjects within the Labor & Employment Law as well courses to help you prepare to take the bar examination. Students who want to pursue legal practice in this area should consider the courses below. Other courses, besides those listed, are offered under the FIU College of Law curriculum.
Please view the Schedule of Classes to determine which courses will be offered during the current school year.
Foundation Courses related to this pathway include: Torts and Contracts.
- Employment Discrimination
- Employment Law
- Labor Law
- Civil Rights
- Federal Courts
- Focused Topics in Employment Discrimination Seminar
Internship with the Employment Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC)*
* Students should take Employment Discrimination and Employment Labor Law prior to enlisting in the EEOC internship.