“Now teachers have an absolute desk reference that could be called ‘How to Stay in the Classroom and Out of the Courtroom!”

—John Casper, District Achievement Gap Coordinator Kentucky Department of Education

“Reading this book is the next best thing to taking a class on education law. It could well serve as the resource for such a class!”

—Deanna Brunlinger, Science Teacher Elkhorn Area High School, WI

Everything teachers need to know about education law

Do you know what you can and can't do and say in your school? Most teacher education programs offer little, if any, instruction on education law. When teachers need advice regarding employment or instructional issues, they may find the search frustrating, time-consuming, or costly. Teachers will find the answers to their most frequently asked legal questions in this easy-to-read book. Key topics include:

Certification, tenure, evaluation, and dismissal; Collective bargaining and teacher contracts; Constitutional rights of teachers; Discrimination and harassment; Academic freedom; Grading policy and integrity of student records; Copyright law; Safety.

Also covered are tort liability, teachers' responsibilities regarding the safety and well-being of their students, and teachers' protection from defamation. Educators will find practical suggestions, vignettes, and summaries of judicial opinions with real-world applications. Don't wait for a problem to arise. Read this book and be prepared.

Prohibitions against Employment Discrimination

Prohibitions against employment discrimination

Key Concepts in this Chapter

  • Racial, Ethnic, or National Origin Discrimination
  • Religious Discrimination
  • Gender Discrimination
  • Disability Discrimination
  • Age Discrimination
  • Genetic Information
  • Retaliation Claims
  • Affirmative Action


Discrimination can be defined as the unfair treatment or denial of normal privileges to individuals because of innate characteristics such as their race, sex, age, nationality, or religion. Discrimination occurs when people are treated unequally due to those characteristics. The Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution1 along with a variety of important federal and state statutes protect employees and applicants for public employment from discrimination based on factors such as race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, age, and disability.

Prohibitions against discrimination extend to any aspect of employment, including hiring, training, firing, layoffs, wages, fringe benefits, ...

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