As an employer, how much control or influence do you have on what your employees say or do at — or outside of — the workplace? What does it mean to defame someone in the context of the workplace and how can you avoid doing so? And where is the line between an individual employee's rights and the rights of workers to advocate as a group for better employment?
Using case studies, this course explores the tension between an employee's rights to privacy and autonomy and the employer's business interests through examination of the legal concept of privacy in the workplace. You will have the opportunity to apply your understanding of this and related concepts to actual cases and compare your assessments with those of the judges.
By the end of this course, you will be better able to make informed decisions as you develop and implement appropriate employee privacy policies that fall within the zones of legal discretion available to your organization.
You are required to have completed the following course or have equivalent experience before taking this course:
Employment Law in Practice
Key Course Takeaways
Evaluate the employee privacy policies of two companies
Evaluate elements of defamation
Evaluate your workplace for potential liability exposure based on Section 7
Jonathan and Ruby Zhu Professor of Law, Cornell Law School
Stewart J. Schwab is the Jonathan and Ruby Zhu Professor of Law at Cornell Law School and was its Allan R. Tessler Dean from 2004 to 2014. He has been a member of the Cornell Law School faculty since 1983.
A native of North Carolina, he obtained his J.D. as well as a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan. Before joining the Cornell faculty, Professor Schwab clerked for Judge J. Dickson Phillips, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and then for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the United States Supreme Court.
Professor Schwab is a leading scholar in economic analysis of law and in employment law. He was a reporter for the American Law Institute’s Restatement of Employment Law and for the Uniform Law Commission Study Committee on Covenants Not to Compete, and he has been named by Human Resource Executive as one of the 50 most powerful employment attorneys in America. He is an editor of the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, as well as a member of the Society of Empirical Legal Studies and the American Law and Economics Association.
Professor Schwab has taught widely in the curriculum, including Torts, Contracts, Corporations, Discrimination Law, Employment Law, Labor Law, Law and Economics, and Whistleblower Law.