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date: 25 June 2022

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Many questions remain unanswered within research on employment discrimination. This chapter focuses on three broad topics that seem especially important for future inquiry: (1) theories of intersectionality and double jeopardy that can complicate our understanding of employment discrimination but also bring greater ecological validity to this field of study; (2) contested categories and identities appearing in recently enacted laws, particularly around health, genetics, family responsibility, and lifestyle discrimination; and (3) expanded understanding of the “life cycle” of employment disputes beyond that addressed by the law, including attention to life before, during, and after perceived discrimination. More broadly, this chapter also highlights (4) newer, interdisciplinary fields that offer boundary-spanning vantage points, promising to move discrimination research in new directions; such fields include feminist studies, sociolegal studies, disability studies, queer studies, and critical race studies.

Keywords: discrimination, intersectionality, double jeopardy, health, feminist studies, women’s studies, sociolegal studies, disability studies

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