Skrentny featured at the Program in Law and Public Affairs, Princeton University

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“After Civil Rights: Race, Immigration and Law in the American Workplace” is the title of Director John Skrentny‘s seminar at the Program in Law and Public Affairs, located at Princeton University.  Read more about Prof. Skrentny’s talk:

“Can civil rights law provide equal job opportunity to people of all races and ethnicities, as well as prevent exploitation, in 21st century America?  In 1964, Congress passed Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to eliminate widespread racial discrimination, segregation and hierarchy in the workplace.  Almost half a century later, and after decades of mass immigration, these are all still widespread and arguably more complex and entrenched than before.  In this paper,adapted from a book chapter in progress, I document employers’ racial and ethnic stereotypes that lead employers to prefer Latino and Asian workers while discriminating against Black and White workers.  With a special focus on the meat-packing industry, which increasingly resembles that described by Upton Sinclair a century ago in The Jungle, I also show the ways these Latino workers are in turn segregated and exploited.  Finally, I explore the failure of discrimination law to provide relief, and probe alternatives to protect workers of all backgrounds.  Civil rights law– as currently interpreted in the courts–does surprisingly little to prevent racial and ethnic hierarchy in the nation’s workplaces.”