Advanced eCourse on EEO Law - Curriculum

Each participant will be eligible to receive 1.5 HRCI credits per weekly session, for a total of 13.5 possible credits for the entire eCourse.


September 20 - Session 1: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

  • Overview of protected classifications
  • Employee rights and remedies
  • The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Record keeping
  • Contingent workers and independent contractors

September 27 - Session 2: Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1991

  • The private right of action
  • Burdens of proof
  • Direct and circumstantial evidence
  • Consequential and punitive damages
  • Mitigation of damages

October 4 - Session 3: Disparate Impact, Selection Criteria and Background Checks

  • Disparate impact and class action litigation
  • Predictive selection criteria
  • EEOC enforcement guidance on background checks and medical examinations
  • Defining what is job-related and consistent with business necessity
  • Bona fide occupational qualifications

October 11 - Session 4: Gender Stereotyping and Pregnancy Discrimination

  • Hopkins v. Price Waterhouse (case study)
  • Chadwick v. WellPoint (case study)
  • EEOC enforcement guidance on employees with caregiving responsibilities
  • Leaves of absences and other accommodations
  • Glass ceiling dilemmas

October 18 -Session 5: Discriminatory and Unequal Pay

  • Overview of the Equal Pay Act
  • The Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009
  • Burdens of proof and employer defenses
  • Grassmeyer v. Shred-It USA, Inc (case study)
  • Performance appraisals and unequal pay

October 25 - Session 6: Religious Discrimination and Reasonable Accommodations

  • The legal definition of religion
  • Praying at work and other accommodations
  • Religious clothing, expression and workplace safety
  • Celebrating holidays at work
  • Workplace harassment

November 1 - Session 7: Accommodating Employees with Disabilities

  • Overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act and ADA amendments
  • Reasonable accommodations
  • Psychiatric disabilities: special circumstances
  • Alcohol, drug abuse and other safety issues
  • Medical examinations and privacy

November 8 - Session 8: The Age Discrimination in Employment Act

  • Employee rights and remedies
  • Direct and circumstantial evidence
  • Layoffs and reductions in force
  • Early retirement
  • The Older Workers Benefits Protection Act

November 15 - Session 9: Workplace Harassment and Retaliation

  • Duty of care and the basis of employer liability
  • Defining the scope of legal protection
  • Defining the scope of the investigation
  • Preservation of evidence
  • Invoking the attorney-client privilege