Foundations of the Sociology of Law provides a conceptual framework for thinking about the full range of topics within the sociology of law discipline. The book: contrasts normative and sociological perspectives on law; presents a primer on the logic of research and inference as applied to law related issues; examines theories of legal change; and discusses law in action with specific reference to civil rights legislation.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal employment opportunity

Discrimination in the workplace might be the thorniest problem addressed by modern American civil rights law. In this chapter, we will see that the same issues arose here as in the areas of voting rights and school desegregation—issues concerning the logic of liability, the relative strengths of courts and administrative agencies, and the variable strength of political support for reform. But it is important to mention at the outset that legal reforms aimed at employment discrimination face a unique problem: Job discrimination is largely, though not wholly, a private-sector phenomenon. Effective reform must change the behavior not only of government agencies but also of private employers. This is a difficult task for two reasons. The first is ideological: Americans have ...

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