Vicki Schultz

Ford Foundation Professor of Law and Social Sciences

(on leave, spring 2019)


Vicki Schultz is the Ford Foundation Professor of Law and Social Sciences at Yale Law School. An expert in law and social science, the workplace, discrimination, and the family, she has written and lectured widely on a variety of subjects, including sexual harassment, sex segregation on the job, work-family issues, working time, the meaning of work in people’s lives, household labor, same-sex marriage, and marriage generally.

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Vicki Schultz

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Education & Curriculum Vitae


J.D., Harvard Law School

B.A., University of Texas

Courses Taught


  • Employment Discrimination Law
  • Family Law
  • Family, State and Market
  • Workplace Theory and Policy
  • Work and Gender
  • Law and Social Science
  • Feminist Theory

Vicki Schultz is the Ford Foundation Professor of Law and Social Sciences at Yale Law School, where she teaches courses on the family, state and market, family law, employment discrimination law, workplace theory and policy, work and gender, law and social science, feminist theory, and related subjects. Schultz has written and lectured widely on a variety of subjects related to antidiscrimination law, including sexual harassment, sex segregation on the job, work-family issues, working hours, and the meaning of work in people’s lives. She has also lectured on family law and intimate life, including topics related to same-sex marriage and marriage generally. Her published work includes “Feminism and Workplace Flexibility,” 42 Connectitcut Law Review 1203 (2010),“The Sanitized Workplace Revisited,” in Martha Fineman, Jack Jackson and Adam Romero, eds., FEMINIST AND QUEER LEGAL THEORY (2009), “Sex and Work,” 18 Yale Journal of Law and Feminism 223 (2006), “The Need for a Reduced Workweek in the United States,” in Judith Fudge & Rosemary Owen, eds., THEORY PRECARIOUS WORK, WOMEN, AND THE NEW ECONOMY: THE CHALLENGE TO LEGAL NORMS (2006), “The Sanitized Workplace,” 112 Yale Law Journal 2061 (2003), “Life’s Work,” 100 Columbia Law Review 1881 (2000), “Reconceptualizing Sexual Harassment,” 107 Yale Law Journal 1683 (1998), and “Telling Stories About Women and Work: Judicial Interpretations of Sex Segregation on the Job in title VII Cases Raising the Lack of Interest Argument,” 103 Harvard Law Review 1749 (1990). 

Professor Schultz is currently working on an intellectual history of antidiscrimination law, “Antidiscrimination as Disruption,” that lays out the historical conceptual frameworks for understanding and addressing discrimination and then traces the emergence of a new framework that treats the formation of social identity as a fluid process in which institutional dynamics play a significant role. With co-author Michael Yarbrough, she is also writing an article, “Will Marriage Make Gay and Lesbian Couples Less Egalitarian? A Cautionary Tale,” that analyzes the likely effects of legal marriage on the division of housework and childcare in gay and lesbian households. At the heart of this article are the questions: what is marriage and what work does it do? 

Schultz's work has been influential in scholarly circles in both law and the social sciences; her work has also been cited widely in the courts and the national news media. She has been quoted in The New York Times MagazineThe New YorkerMs. Magazine, and many major newspapers; she has appeared on The News Hour with Jim LehrerThe CBS Evening NewsABC World News TonightGood Morning America, and National Public Radio. 

Schultz has held a number of significant professional posts, fellowships and visiting professorships. She is a past president of the Labor and Employment Section of the Association for American Law Schools and a past Trustee of the Law and Society Association. She has been the Evelyn Green Davis Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, a fellow at the Center for the Advanced Study of the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, and a fellow at the Whitney Humanities Center at Yale University. She has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School (her alma mater), and in 2010-2011, she was the MacDonald-Wright Visiting Professor of Law and Faculty Chair of the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law. A former trial attorney at the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Schultz began her academic career at the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she became interested in law and sociology. At Yale Law School, she runs the Workplace Theory and Policy Workshop and has also headed the Work and Welfare group, an interdisciplinary group of scholars who study inequalities produced by different social welfare regimes, labor market institutions, and family formations. Schultz lives in Connecticut with her daughter Natalie and their cat Jack.

Thursday, October 4, 2018


250 Law Profs Release Statement: ‘The Problem With Sexual Harassment Is Sexism’

Ford Foundation Professor of Law and Social Sciences Vicki Schultz authored and publicly distributed an Open Statement on Sexual Harassment by U.S. Law Professors, which received over 300 signatures.

Saturday, September 29, 2018


#MeToo and narrow definitions of sexual assault can isolate survivors, says Yale Law professor

Ford Foundation Professor of Law and Social Sciences Vicki Schultz is interviewed about sexual assault and the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018


The Surprising Consequences of the Supreme Court Cases That Changed Sexual Harassment Law 20 Years Ago

Ford Foundation Professor of Law and Social Sciences Vicki Schultz is quoted in an article about two 1998 cases that went before the Supreme Court and changed how the law approaches workplace sexual harassment. 

Tuesday, June 19, 2018


In a First, Yale and Stanford Law Journals Team Up for #MeToo Project

Ford Foundation Professor of Law and Social Sciences Vicki Schultz is quoted in an article about a joint symposium to help people better understand sexual harassment.

 

Monday, June 18, 2018


Yale Law Journal-Stanford Law Review Publish #MeToo Symposium

The Yale Law Journal and the Stanford Law Review have collaborated to publish a special companion symposium titled, “#MeToo and the Future of Sexual Harassment Law.”

Wednesday, May 2, 2018


The Option To Request Female Drivers Isn’t The Solution To Uber’s Sexual Assault Issues

Ford Foundation Professor of Law and Social Sciences Vicki Schutz is quoted in an article about the legality of Uber allowing users to request female drivers.

Thursday, April 5, 2018


You’ve probably signed away your sexual harassment civil rights at work

Ford Foundation Professor of Law and Social Sciences Vicki Schultz was interviewed about how mandatory arbitration agreements hamstring employees’ ability to take harassment complaints to court.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018


When does bad behavior turn into sexual harassment?

Ford Foundation Professor of Law and Social Sciences Vicki Schultz is quoted in an article about the lines between bad behavior and harassment in the workplace.

Saturday, December 30, 2017


After John Besh fallout, many hoping for civilized change in restaurant industry

Ford Foundation Professor of Law and Social Sciences Vicki Schultz is quoted in an article about workplace sexual harassment.

Friday, December 22, 2017


Workplace Sexual Harassment Law: A Primer

Ford Foundation Professor of Law and Social Sciences Vicki Schultz is quoted in an article on workplace sexual harassment.

Monday, October 23, 2017


Why Did Bill O’Reilly Pay $32 Million? One Accusation May Be Key

Ford Foundation Professor of Law and Social Sciences Vicki Schultz is quoted in an article about sexual harassment in the workplace.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017


What post-Weinstein Hollywood can learn from '90s sexual harassment training

Ford Foundation Professor of Law and Social Sciences Vicki Schultz is quoted in an article about how employers might approach sexual harassment in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017


Shielded

Ford Foundation Professor of Law and Social Sciences Vicki Schultz is quoted in an article about the difficulties of firing tenured professors.

Thursday, July 13, 2017


VC Firms Promise to Stamp Out Sexual Harassment. Sounds Familiar

Ford Foundation Professor of Law and Social Sciences Vicki Schultz is quoted in an article about efforts by venture capital firms to combat sexual harassment.

Friday, July 7, 2017


It's Time to Regulate the VC-Founder Relationship to Curb Sexual Harassment in Silicon Valley

Ford Foundation Professor of Law and Social Sciences Vicki Schultz is quoted in an article about how employment law has not caught up with modern work relationships and workplaces.

Friday, June 16, 2017


The Surprising Sexism of Maternity Leave

Ford Foundation Professor of Law and Social Sciences Vicki Schultz is quoted in an article about the disparity in parental leave rules for mothers versus fathers.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017


Online Dating Tries to Flirt With the Workplace

Ford Foundation Professor of Law and Social Sciences Vicki Schultz is quoted in an article about dating within the workplace.

Friday, October 14, 2016


Michelle Obama Was Right About the History of Workplace Sexual Harassment

Ford Foundation Professor of Law and Social Sciences Vicki Schultz is quoted and Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Professor of Law Reva Siegel ’86 is cited in an article about the history of sexual harassment law. Irving S. Ribicoff Visiting Professor of Law Joseph Fishkin ’07 is also quoted.

Monday, February 1, 2016


CVC Lawsuit Brings PE’s Gender Imbalance Back in Spotlight

Ford Foundation Professor of Law and Social Sciences Vicki Schultz was quoted in an article about a sexual discrimination lawsuit against CVC Capital Partners.

Open Statement on Sexual Harassment, 71 Stan. L. rev. online 17 (2018).

Reconceptualizing Sexual Harassment, Again, 128 Yale L.J.F. 22 (2018).

Taking Sex Discrimination Seriously, 91 DENVER U. L. REV. 995 (2015).

The Sanitized Workplace Revisited, in FEMINIST AND QUEER LEGAL THEORY: INTIMATE ENCOUNTERS, UNCOMFORTABLE CONVERSATIONS 65 (Martha Albertson Fineman, Jack E. Jackson & Adam P. Romero eds., Ashgate Pub. 2009).

Understanding Sexual Harassment Law in Action—What Has Gone Wrong and What We Can Do About It, 29 T. JEFFERSON L. REV. 1 (2006) (lead article).

The Need for a Reduced Workweek in the United States, in PRECARIOUS WORK, WOMEN, AND THE NEW ECONOMY: THE CHALLENGE TO LEGAL NORMS 131 (Judith Fudge & Rosemary Owen eds., Hart Pub. 2006) (with Allison Hoffman). 

The Sanitized Workplace, 112 YALE L.J. 2061 (2003). 

Sexual Harassment: Legal Perspectives, in INTERNATIONAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES 13982-13987 (Paul B. Bates & Neil J. Smelser eds., Elsevier Pub. Ltd. 2001) (with Eileen Goldsmith).

Talking About Harassment, 9 J.L. & POL’Y 417 (2001).

Life’s Work, 100 COLUM. L. REV. 1881 (2000).

Reconceptualizing Sexual Harassment, 107 YALE L.J. 1683 (1998).

Sex is the Least of It: Let’s Refocus Harassment Law on Work, Not Sex, THE NATION 11 (May 25, 1998). 

Telling Stories About Women and Work: Judicial Interpretations of Sex Segregation in the Workplace in Title VII Cases Raising the Lack of Interest Argument, 103 HARVARD L. REV. 1749 (1990).