"This is must-read for all who care about workplace fairness and realizing the promise of our nation's civil rights laws." - David Lopez, Former General Counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Partner, Outten and Golden
"In this important book, Professors Sperino and Thomas painstakingly and poignantly disclose how courts have broken the promise of America's workplace civil rights laws."- Seth Harris, Former Acting and Deputy Secretary of Labor, Visiting Lecturer, Cornell Institute for Public Affairs
"Our civil rights laws make grand promises of equality and opportunity, but those promises are betrayed every day in courthouses throughout the Nation. By telling the stories of the real people who have been denied the rights Congress guaranteed them, Sperino and Thomas clearly illustrate the gap between promise and reality. This book is essential reading for scholars, lawyers, and any citizen who cares about our fundamental national commitment to equal rights." - Sam Bagenstos, Frank G. Millard Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School
"Professors Sperino's and Thomas's book goes well beyond the academic articles that recite the virtual repeal of the civil rights laws (mine among them). They give content to the discussion-meaningful, detailed content-about the specific cases, their fact patterns, and the dismissive manner in which the courts too often deal with them. It is an eye opening account of how doctrine-procedural and substantive-has gone far afield from the language of the civil rights laws and the goals it was intended to accomplish. It is an important work, required reading for practitioners, scholars and judges." - Nancy Gertner, Former federal judge, Senior Lecturer on Law, Harvard University
"In short, Unequal: How America's Courts Undermine Discrimination Law is a splendid book. It is a sobering 'must read' for lawyers, judges, policy makers and scholars involved in employment law issues. It is also a highly engaging discussion of those issues, suitable for any reader who cares about justice in the American workplace."- Charlotte Fishman, attorney, San Francisco Daily Journal
"Unequal is essential reading. In one slim volume, Sperino and Thomas have laid out concisely virtually all of the doctrines that play a key role in defeating claims of intentional discrimination brought by employees today. They have provided a wealth of detail of how those doctrines, in real world cases, allow employers to prevail, even in the face of explicit evidence of discrimination. In short, Unequal's eye-opening and informative account is a valuable read for most anyone with a stake in the current state of anti-discrimination law-judges, policy makers, lawyers, teachers and scholars of discrimination law, employers and most of all employees."- Katie Eyer, American Constitution Society Blog
"The law professors use scores of real life examples to make their case, showing how far astray courts have gone in adjudicating discrimination cases against workers. Thankfully, Professors Sperino and Thomas provide litigants, policymakers and judges with a coherent and usable blueprint to turn the tide and restore the original intent of the anti-discrimination laws: to end workplace harassment and to give victims recourse for the injustices they have suffered."- U.S. District Judge John McConnell, Law360
Sandra F. Sperino is Professor of Law at the University of Cincinnati.Suja A. Thomas is Professor of Law at the University of Illinois.