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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 »


The Gender Gap in a Post-Automation World

Published May 13th, 2016 -

Automation has captured the aspirations and anxieties of both companies and cultural commentators: while the promises of automation might include improved quality of life and lower prices, the peril of potential unemployment looms large. As the discussion cont... More »


Ben Levin on "Ban the Box"

Published May 12th, 2016 -

Ben Levin, a frequent contributor to the blog, has a great new piece up at Time arguing that the President’s ban-the-box proposal, while cause for celebration, doesn’t go far enough. According to Ben, the proposal’s main limitations include t... More »


Fuzzy Math: Silicon Valley’s Diversity Statistics

Published March 22nd, 2016 -

Many articles have been written about a diversity crisis in Silicon Valley, perhaps due to tech firms’ initial resistance to releasing employee demographics.  Enter Tracey Chou, an early Pinterest engineer, who launched a (still running) Google spreadsheet of ... More »


So How Much Do You Get Paid?

Published February 23rd, 2016 -

Money, sex, religion, and politics.  We all know these topics are taboo at the dinner table.  However, not discussing one of these in the work place might be costing us ­– especially women ­– more than we realize. Federal law has prohibited pay discrimination ... More »


Guest Post: Tipping as Employment Discrimination?

Published November 23rd, 2015 -

Sachin S. Pandya is Professor of Law at the University of Connecticut. When does paying workers via tips count as illegal employment discrimination?  Arguments against tip compensation–around for a while (e.g., Scott, 1916)—re-emerged last month (e... More »