Tue, Jun 9 at 7:30 p.m. | 90 minutes
Olios: Drop-in classes led by professors
Despite what you might have heard, the United States is not a free-market economy. American businesses play by a set of hard-won rules established over generations by workers and activists and their allies. We'll explore some of the key legal cases that continue to keep businesses accountable.
Our legal system is not infallible. The law has protected the institution of slavery. It has inhibited equal rights. It has perpetuated ignorance, intolerance, and wrongful imprisonment. Justice, despite the popular cliché, is far from blind.
But the law has also been a powerful ally to the forces of liberty and equality. It cast off the shackles of the slave. It helped pave the way for equal rights. It has protected vulnerable citizens from ignorance, intolerance, and wrongful imprisonment. Most importantly, it keeps us safe from physical harm. This series offers a practical and accessible primer to the basics (and many contradictions) of US constitutional law.
Join us in this series: Think Olio Goes to Law School for week 4 which will stand alone as a class on "Regulating Business Under a Capitalist Society"
Despite what you might have heard, the United States is not a free-market economy. Minimum wage laws, maximum hours laws, workers compensation, medical leave, wrongful termination lawsuits, sexual harassment protections, “hostile work environment” liability -- all of these things force American businesses to play by a set of hard-won rules established over generations by workers and activists and their allies. We’ll also talk about whether or not corporations are people now.
Lawrence Cappello is a Professor of Constitutional History at the University of Alabama and the author of None of Your Damn Business: Privacy in the United States from the Gilded Age to the Digital Age. His essays have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, and The Nation. He was recently profiled by The Economist.
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