Gender and the tournament: Reinventing antidiscrimination law in an age of inequality

Naomi Cahn, June Carbone, Nancy Levit

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

2 Scopus citations

Abstract

Since the 1970s, antidiscrimination advocates have approached Title VII as though the impact of the law on minorities and women could be considered in isolation. This Article argues that this is a mistake. Instead, Gender and the Tournament attempts to reclaim Title VII’s original approach, which justified efforts to dismantle segregated workplaces as necessary to both eliminate discrimination and promote economic growth. Using that approach, this Article is the first to consider how widespread corporate tournaments and growing gender disparities in the upper echelons of the economy are intrinsically intertwined, and how they undermine the core promises of antidiscrimination law. The Article draws on a case filed in 2014 challenging the “rank-and-yank” evaluation system at Microsoft, as well as social science literature regarding narcissism and stereotype expectations, to illustrate how consideration of the legitimacy of competitive pay for performance schemes is essential to combating the intrinsically gendered nature of advancement in the new economy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)425-488
Number of pages64
JournalTexas Law Review
Volume96
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 2018

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Gender and the tournament: Reinventing antidiscrimination law in an age of inequality'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this