Academic journal article The University of Memphis Law Review

Introduction to the University of Memphis Law Review Labor and Employment Symposium

Academic journal article The University of Memphis Law Review

Introduction to the University of Memphis Law Review Labor and Employment Symposium

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Statutes such as the National Labor Relations Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Family Medical Leave Act have immeasurably contributed to the good and welfare of American society and the democratic way of life we value so highly. They are the backbone of our federal system of laws that ensure workplace fairness and equality. They reflect the promise of America and extend the rule of law to workplace disputes rather than leaving those differences, which are sometimes very sharp, for resolution through the disruptive use of force.

Through the scholarly Articles and Comments that appear in this Symposium, worthy contribution is made to the understanding of not only our labor and employment laws, but also the meaning of the rule of law in the workplace. This Symposium is the work product of senior labor and employment lawyers who are on the cutting edge of the law in this area. Despite the endless demands of their respective practices, and the attention and time each must devote to his or her clients, they used their valuable resources of time, talent, and energy to make this Symposium possible. We profoundly thank them for their willingness to join in making this Symposium a reality. We are grateful to them for enriching our understanding of our nation's laws governing labor and employment. By doing so, they lift our collective national spirit and challenge our intellect by making us think. We offer our special thanks to them.

The authors and the titles of their Articles are: Luis F. Antonetti, Goldman, Antonetti & Cordova, P.S.C., Hato Rey, Puerto Rico, A Modern Approach to Pregnancy Discrimination: Puerto Rico 's Working Mothers Protection Act; Thomas H. Barnard and Timothy J. Downing, Ulmer & Berne, L.L.P., Cleveland, Ohio, Emerging Law on Sexual Orientation and Employment; Lewis R. Hagood, Arnett, Draper & Hagood, Knoxville, Tennessee, Claims of Mental and Emotional Damages in Employment Discrimination Cases; Philip K. Lyon and Bruce H. Phillips, Jack, Lyon & Jones, P.A., Nashville, Tennessee, Faragher v. …

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