Noah Zatz

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Show BioHide BioNoah Zatz is Professor of Law at the University of California, Los Angeles. During 2017-18 he is on an Open Society Fellowship to pursue his project on “Get To Work or Go To Jail.” His research generally explores connections among work, citizenship, and inequality, and he specializes in the relationship between labor & employment law and other legal fields, including family law, social welfare policy, criminal justice, and civil rights. Zatz previously practiced public interest law as a Skadden Fellow at the National Employment Law Project. He also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Guido Calabresi of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and to the Honorable Kimba M. Wood of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. A fuller biography and lists of publications and courses are available here.

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Kaepernick’s Grievance and Fancy Retaliation Theories

Published October 18th, 2017 -

It seems like ages ago, but before the President starting telling NFL owners whom to fire, the big anthem story had been the failure of any NFL team to hire Colin Kaepernick out of free agency. Now that topic is back with Kaepernick filing a grievance against ... More »


Ban the Box and Perverse Consequences, Part III

Published August 4th, 2016 -

This is the final post in a three-part series. This is the last in a series of three posts on the prominent perverse consequences argument against “Banning the Box.”  The argument is that efforts to curtail employer exclusion of people with criminal records in... More »


Ban the Box and Perverse Consequences, Part II

Published August 3rd, 2016 -

This post is the second in a three-part series. This is the second in a series of three posts on the prominent perverse consequences argument that “Banning the Box” inadvertently exacerbates the racial inequality it purports to redress.  The first post critici... More »


Ban the Box and Perverse Consequences, Part I

Published August 2nd, 2016 -

This post is the first in a three-part series. Nothing sells like a perverse consequences argument.  The movement to “Ban the Box” has run into an objection familiar from debates over the minimum wage and affirmative action: this policy could exacerbate exactl... More »


Power At Work: Mass Incarceration’s Shadow

Published March 30th, 2016 -

What does mass incarceration have to do with labor law?  I suggest some new and disturbing answers in a report released earlier today in collaboration with colleagues at the UCLA Labor Center and A New Way of Life Reentry Project.  We highlight the labor marke... More »


Is Uber Wagging the Dog With Its Moonlighting Drivers?

Published February 1st, 2016 -

There is a math problem with Uber’s most powerful argument for classifying its drivers as independent contractors, not employees.  That argument emphasizes how weakly attached to Uber most drivers are, as evidenced by how many drivers work very few hours per w... More »