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Adjunct Law Prof Blog

Cervisi v. Unemployment Unemployment Ins. Appeals Bd. (1989) (CA) – writ of mandate guaranteeing access to unemployment benefits for CA contingents.

“Contingent Faculty and the Courts” by Donna Euben (AAUP)

Garcetti v. Ceballos (2006) – US Supreme Court Case on free speech protections for public employees

Mader vs. Health Care Authority 2004 (WA) – provided access to healthcare for adjunct faculty – class action lawsuit

MLA on Garcetti v. Ceballos (2006)

NFM’s Unemployment Compensation Initiative

National Employment Law Project

Orange County Employment Lawyers Blog

Employment Justice Center — advocates for low-wage workers in the Washington DC metropolitan area

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

The Law of Higher Education, by Barbara A. Lee, senior vice president for academic affairs at Rutgers University at New Brunswick, and William A. Kaplin, distinguished professorial lecturer and senior fellow at Stetson University’s Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy. Jossey Bass 2013

“Legal Contingencies for Contingent Professors” by Donna Euben (AAUP; at Chronicle of Higher Education) – subscription required

Washington State Senate Services Report on Part time Faculty at Colleges and Universities (Summer 2011) by Ailey Kato – see pp. 33-35 “Statutory Law Regarding Part time Faculty” and pp. 36-40 “Litigation”

News Stories

2016: Contingent Faculty at Ohio State University Claim Age Discrimination

2015: “Too Old For Tenure” — Inside Higher Ed, August 4, 2015

LIU-Post Adjunct professor files age discrimination complaint

2014: EEOC Sues City Colleges (Chicago) for Age Discrimination against adjunct

“Adjuncts and Age Discrimination”Science, September 29, 2014

“No Country for Old Adjuncts”Inside Higher Ed, September 14, 2014

“The Age(ism) of Diversity”Inside Higher Ed, August 13, 2014

2012: IL court rejects joint adjunct/tenure line union at U Illinois Chicago

Michael Kinsley on law professor age discrimination case

2011: Judge rules lawsuit by adjunct over sexual orientation discrimination will proceed

2010: San Jose College Pays $100,000 to Settle Adjunct’s Lawsuit Over Dismissal

Writing Center Instructor Loses Lawsuit over political discrimination in application for tenure-track job

2010: Part-time instructors take full-time union to court at Madison Area Technical College

2009: Lecturer awarded settlement in age discrimination suit in California

Massachussetts adjuncts healthcare lawsuit: Inside Higher EdBoston Globe; Salem News

2008: “Bias Against Older Candidates” — Inside Higher Ed, Decembe 17, 2008

2007: Adjunct wins age-discrimination suit in Chicago

2006: Transgendered adjunct loses discrimination suit against Estrella Community College (AZ)

“Age Bias or Anti-Adjunct Bias?”Inside Higher Ed, August 15, 2006

2004: Adjunct wins settlement in gender discrimination case against Southwestern Oklahoma State University