HADM 6811: Discrimination and Labor Law

Spring. 1.5 credits. Letter grades only.

Enrollment limited to: Executive (EMMH) MMH Students.


  • David Sherwyn (dss18) - Spring 2024


The hospitality industry is the most labor intensive industry in the world. In the United States, there is a large union presence in the major cities. In union and non-union environments, owners and operators must consider the discrimination laws when making any employment decision. This course provides a broad overview into the theory and practice of labor and employment law for owners and operators. In addition, because numerous employers have begun to implement DE&I programs, this class provides a framework for understanding how to create such programs that do not violate the law. This class begins by setting forth the protected classes established in 1964, 1967, and 1990. We then examine the process for proving discrimination, the development of sexual harassment, disability & religious accommodations, retaliation, and alternative dispute resolution, all of which will affect DE& I programs. We then move on to examine wage and hour law, which in the hospitality industry can be quite complex, as well as union/management relations. Students will be able to spot legal issues, identify the relevant rule of law, and apply facts to law. They will understand union organizing and collective bargaining.