Poverty and Low-Wage Work in America | L4708PLW

Poor people in America work. This seminar will explore the relationship between employment laws, low-wage work, and domestic policies as they relate to workers' rights and poverty. The course will begin by exploring the extent of poverty in the United States, access to justice, and select legal problems and social policies that attempt to ameliorate poverty. The class will examine wage and hour protections and immigration policies that impact low-wage workers. Particular focus will be given to the employment realities of communities of color and women, where the majority of low-wage workers are concentrated. Students will have the opportunity to choose either: (1) a Service Project with a public interest organization (which will meet the Public Service requirement of the law school); (2) a Research Paper (which will meet the Upper Level Writing requirement); or (3) a Final Exam.

Prerequisites: None
Credit Hours: 3
ULW: This class may meet the Upper Level Writing requirement (ULW)


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