10901 Equal Opportunity and Non-Discriminatory Employment 1

Credits: 6 advanced credits in Management or in Law

Prerequisites: 36 credits, including two of the following: Human Resource Management, Organizational Behavior, Problems in Moral Philosophy, Trends in Israeli Society, Introduction to Sociology, Government and Politics in Israel. Students must also fulfill all English requirements and take bibliographic instruction in the Library.

Author: Ruth Ben-Israel

The course examines a unique aspect of labor law and human rights. Close mutual relations exist between the historical development of equality in employment and extra-legal fields studied within the framework of other disciplines, particularly within sociological, political, historical and philosophical contexts.

The course provides the student with basic knowledge of the development, essence, definition, application and interpretation of the principle of equality in employment from the international, comparative and Israeli labor law perspectives. It acquaints the student with current approaches to ensuring equality in employment, to the various forms used to protect the principle, and the means used to enforce it. The student acquires practical tools which can be applied to the reality of labor relations and standards for understanding the meaning and importance of recognizing human rights in the workplace and their legal protection.

Topics: The emptiness of the concept of equality; The development of the pursuit of equality in employment and its various expressions; Models of equality in employment; Equality in employment as a human right; Equality in employment as a constitutional right; Equal opportunity and non-discriminatory employment as a legal right; Affirmative action; Equality in employment on the basis of gender, pregnancy, parenthood and family responsibility; Equal pay; Sexual harassment in the workplace; Equality on the basis of sexual orientation; Equality on the basis of age.

1Students may write a seminar paper in this course, although it is not required.