Michael Gold

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Michael Gold

Associate Professor of Labor Relations, Law and History
Labor Relations, Law, and History


Michael Evan Gold was born, reared, and educated in California. He attended elementary and secondary school in San Jose, received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and completed his formal education with a law degree from Stanford. Thereafter he served for three years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Liberia, West Africa; in the first year he taught mathematics and English in a junior high school, and in the next two years he taught Civil Procedure and Evidence in the law school of the University of Liberia. After a year of traveling, he returned to California.

Prof. Gold then practiced law for three years with Schwartz, Steinsapir & Dohrmann, a firm representing labor unions and individuals in Los Angeles. Although much of his time was devoted to advocacy in arbitrations, he also litigated cases in employment discrimination and union democracy. After a year as a part-time instructor at an independent law school in Los Angeles, he accepted an appointment to its full-time faculty and taught courses on remedies, civil procedure, and employment discrimination law. He also served as an arbitrator in a labor-management dispute.

In the ILR School Prof. Gold teaches courses on ethics, labor and employment law, and justice. He has published introductory books on labor law and on employment discrimination law as well as articles in scholarly journals on sex discrimination, the theory of disparate impact, and age discrimination. At present he is attempting to develop a new approach to teaching law.


Journal Articles

  • Michael Gold. 2011. Disparate Impact Is Not Unconstitutional, Texas Journal of Civil Liberties and Civil Rights. 16(2):171-187.
  • Michael Gold. 2004. Disparate Impact Under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law. 25(1):1-86.
  • Michael Gold. 2003. Some Recent Developments in Federal and State Labor and Employment Law, Labor and Employment Newsletter. 28(4):38-58.
  • Michael Gold. 2001. Towards a Unified Theory of the Law of Employment Discrimination, Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law. 22(1):175-256.
  • Michael Gold. 1990. A Spring of Discontent, ILR Report. XXVII(2).
  • Michael Gold. 1985. Griggs' Folly: An Essay on the Theory, Problems and Origin of the Adverse Impact Definition of Employment Discrimination and a Recommendation for Reform, Industrial Relations Law Journal. 7(4):429-598.
  • Michael Gold. 1985. The Similarity of Congressional and Judicial Lawmaking under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, University of California at Davis Law Review. 18(3):721-748.
  • Michael Gold. 1981. A Tale of Two Amendments: The Reasons Congress Added Sex to Title VII and Their Implications for the Issue of Comparable Worth, Duquesne Law Review. 19:453-477.
  • Michael Gold. 1979. Of Giving and Taking: Applications and Implications of City of Los Angeles v. Manhart, Virginia Law Review. 65(4):663-709.
  • Michael Gold. 1976. Equality of Opportunity in Retirement Funds, Loyola of Los Angles Law Review. 9:596-636.


  • Michael Gold. 2014. An Introduction to Labor Law, 3rd edition. 2014.
  • Michael Gold. 2001. An Introduction to the Law of Employment Discrimination. Ithaca NY: ILR Press, 2001.
  • Michael Gold. 1998. An Introduction to Labor Law, Revised. Ithaca NY: ILR Press, 1998.
  • Michael Gold. 1993. An Introduction to the Law of Employment Discrimination. Ithaca NY: ILR Press, 1993.
  • Michael Gold. 1989. An Introduction to Labor Law. Ithaca NY: ILR Press, 1989.
  • Michael Gold. 1983. A Dialogue on Comparable Worth. Ithaca NY: ILR Press, 1983.
  • Michael Gold, Warren L d’Azevedo. 1971. Some Terms From Liberian Speech, Revised (a dictionary of Liberian English and customs). Monrovia: U.S. Peace Corps, 1971.

Book Chapters

  • Michael Gold, Suzanne Cohen. 2002. Finding NLRB and Related Court Decisions. in A Guide to Sources of Information on the National Labor Relations Board. New York NY: Routledge, 2002. Gordon T Law Jr.
  • Michael Gold. 2002. The Law of Labor Relations. in A Guide to Sources of Information on the National Labor Relations Board. New York NY: Routledge, 2002. Gordon T Law Jr.
  • Michael Gold. 1994. Employment Discrimination Law and the Assumption of Equality. in New Approaches to Employee Management. Greenwich CT: JAI Press, 1994. David M Saunders.
  • Michael Gold. 1983. Judicial Review and Enforcement. in The Developing Labor Law. Washington, DC: BNA Books, 1983. Charles J Morris.

Selected Works

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Honors and Awards

  • McIntyre Award for Exemplary Teaching, ILR School. 2011
  • McIntyre Award for Examplary Teaching, ILR School. 2006
  • Schering-Plough Award for Exemplary Teaching, ILR School. 1996


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Areas of Expertise

Other Areas of Expertise

Labor and Employment Law, Equality and Employment Discrimination Law, Ethics at Work, Equal Employment Opportunity Law