Do Antidiscrimination Regimes Discriminate? Processing Claims through Administrative and Legal 'Pyramids' and the Role of the Plaintiffs' Bar: A California Case Study

54 Pages Posted: 18 Jul 2010 Last revised: 8 Apr 2015

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Gary Blasi

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law

Joseph W. Doherty

University of California, Los Angeles - School of Law

Date Written: July 16, 2010

Abstract

The vast majority of studies of the processing of employment discrimination claims have examined federal Title VII litigation and the EEOC. In virtually every state, however, claimants have the option of pursuing the same claims with state Fair Employment Employment Agencies (FEPA’s). State law claimants can have their claims handled by an administrative agency or, with a “right to sue” letter from that agency, in state court. Access to the state court option is allocated, with few exceptions, by the private decisions of the plaintiffs’ bar. We use our extensive study of the California FEPA to examine differences in outcomes through the administrative or litigative path. Using sequential logistic regression, we examine the path of these cases and differences in outcome, controlling for a large number of variables (made possibly by a dataset of 212,144 cases). We find troubling indications that the antidiscrimination regime itself operates to discriminate against members of the very groups it was created to protect: racial minorities, particularly African Americans, and women.

Suggested Citation

Blasi, Gary L. and Doherty, Joseph W., Do Antidiscrimination Regimes Discriminate? Processing Claims through Administrative and Legal 'Pyramids' and the Role of the Plaintiffs' Bar: A California Case Study (July 16, 2010). UCLA School of Law Research Paper No. 10-25; 5th Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1641344 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1641344

Gary L. Blasi

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law ( email )

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Joseph W. Doherty (Contact Author)

University of California, Los Angeles - School of Law ( email )

385 Charles E. Young Dr. East
Room 1242
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1476
United States

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