Michael J. Zimmer

Michael J. Zimmer

Professor Emeritus

  • Degrees:

  • LL.M., Columbia University
  • J.D. & A.B., Marquette University
  • Contact:

  • zimmermi@shu.edu
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  • Courses:

  • Employment Discrimination
  • Constitutional Law
  • Labor Law

Michael J. Zimmer

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Michael J. Zimmer

Professor Emeritus

Professor Michael J. Zimmer received his A.B. and J.D. from Marquette University, where he was Editor in Chief of the Marquette Law Review. He also holds an LL.M from Columbia University, where he was named a James Kent Fellow. Following law school, he clerked for the Honorable Thomas E. Fairchild of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and then served as an associate at Foley & Lardner in Milwaukee.

He began his law school teaching career at the University of South Carolina and he has taught at a number of law schools, most recently as a visiting professor of law at Northwestern University. He joined the Seton Hall University School of Law in 1978, served as Associate Dean from 1990 to 1994 and was on the faculty until 2008. He has taught in summer programs to American law students in Italy, France and England and to Chinese law students in Beijing.

A widely recognized scholar in the areas of employment discrimination law, labor and employment law and constitutional law, Professor Zimmer is co-author of Cases & Materials on Employment Discrimination (1982; 2d ed. 1988; 3d ed. 1994; 4th ed. 1997, 5th ed. 2000; 6th ed. 2003), Employment Discrimination: Law & Practice (2002), Employment Discrimination (1988), Cases & Materials on Employment Law (1993), Federal Statutory Law of Employment Discrimination (1980) and author of Employment Discrimination Roadmap. In addition, he is co-author of the first casebook on international and comparative employment law and published many articles in leading law journals.

Professor Zimmer has taught employment discrimination law, employment law, international and comparative employment law and labor law and has also taught constitutional law, comparative constitutional law, administrative law, torts, contracts, and US foreign relations law.



Escaping the Westphalian Trap: Unionism and Equality in China, Mexico and the United States, Revista Latinoamericana de Derecho Social, Numero 10, Enero-Junio (2010)

The Restatement is the Wrong Project, 13 Employ Rts & Employ Poly 205 (2009)

A Pro-Employee Supreme Court? – The Retaliation Decisions, 60 S.C. L. Rev. 917 (2009)

Two Halves of a Whole: Teaching International and Comparative Employment Law, 25 International J. Comp. Lab. Law & Indus. Rel. 23 (2009)

A Chain of Inferences Proving Discrimination, 79 Colo. L. Rev. 1243 (2009)

Decent Work with a Living Wage, in The Global Labour Market: From Globalization to Flexicurity, 65 Bulletin for Comparative Industrial Relations 61 (2008).

Proof & Pervasiveness: Employment Discrimination in Law & Reality After Desert Palace, Inc. v. Costa: AALS Proceeding, 9 Employ Rts & Employ Poly 427 (2005) (with Sullivan and Blumrosen)

The New Discrimination Law: Price Waterhouse is Dead, Whither McDonnell Douglas?, 53 Emory L. J. 1887 (2005)

Systemic Empathy, 34 Colum. Human Rts. L. Rev. 575 (2003)

Leading by Example: An Holistic Approach to Individual Disparate Treatment Law, 11 Kan. J. L. & Pub. Pol’y 177 (2001)

Slicing & Dicing Individual Disparate Treatment Law, 61 La. L. Rev. 567 (2001) (Reeves v. Sandford Plumbing symposium)

Individual Disparate Treatment Discrimination Today and Tomorrow, 2 J. Employ. Discrim. Law 243 (2000)

Chaos or Coherence: Individual Disparate Treatment Discrimination and the ADEA, 51 Mercer L. Rev 693 (2000) (Mt. Healthy Same Decision Defense Symposium)

Individual Disparate Impact Law: On the Plain Meaning of the 1991 Civil Rights Act, 30 Loy. U. Chi. L. J. 473 (1999) (Labor & Employment Symposium)

Taxman: Affirmative Action Dodges Five Bullets, 1 U. Pa. J. Lab. & Emp. L. 229 (1998)

The Emerging Uniform Structure of Disparate Treatment Discrimination Litigation, 30 Ga. L. Rev. 563 (1996) (Labor & Employment Symposium)

Proving A Violation Under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, 17 Seton Hall L. Rev. 803 (1987) (with Professor Sullivan)

The Structure of Title VII Individual Disparate Treatment Litigation: Anderson v. City of Bessemer City, Inferences of Discrimination and Burdens of Proof, 9 Harv. Women's L.J. 25 (1986) (with Sullivan)

Title VII: Treatment of Seniority Systems, 64 Marq. L. Rev. 81(1980)

Basing Employment Decisions on Tests: Compliance with the New Uniform Guidelines, 10 Seton Hall L. Rev. 769 (1980)

"Reverse" Discrimination: Will the Court Act to End the Second Reconstruction?, 31 Ark. L. Rev. 370 (1977)

Teamsters: Redefinition and Retrenchment of Concepts of Discrimination, 30 N.Y.U. Conf. on Labor 51 (1977)

Consent Decree Settlement by Administrative Agencies in Antitrust and Employment Discrimination: Optimizing Public & Private Interest, 1976 Duke L.J. 163 (1976) (with Sullivan)

Beyond De Funis: Disproportionate Impact Analysis & Mandated "Preferences" in Law School Admissions, 54 N.C. L. Rev. 319 (1976)

The South Carolina Human Affairs Law: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back?, 26 S.C. L. Rev. 1 (1974), 27 S.C.L. Rev. 1 (1975) (with Sullivan)

Wired for Collyer: Rationalizing NLRB and Arbitration Jurisdiction, 48 Ind. L.J. 141 (1973)

A Little Bit More on Collyer Insulated Wire, 49 Ind. L.J. 79 (1973), my rejoinder to Professor Getman's response to Wired for Collyer. See, Getman, Collyer Insulated Wire, A Case of Misplaced Modesty, 49 Ind. L.J. 57 (1973); Schatzki, A Response to Professor Getman, 49 Ind. L.J. 76 (1973)


The Global Workplace: International and Comparative Employment Law - Cases and Materials. (with Professors Blanpain, Bisom-Rapp, Corbett & Joseph) (Cambridge University Press. 2007)  (Companion Book Website)

Cases & Materials on Employment Discrimination (with Professors Sullivan & White) (Aspen Publishers, 7th edition 2008)

Employment Discrimination: Law & Practice (with Professors Sullivan & White) (Aspen Law & Business, 3rd edition 2002, 2004, 2005 & 2007 Supplement)

Employment Discrimination Roadmap (2000 Aspen Law & Business)

Cases & Materials on Employment Law (with Professors Sullivan and Calloway) (Little, Brown & Co., 1993)

Employment Discrimination Law (with Professors Sullivan & Richards) (Little, Brown & Co., 1988, 1990 Supplement, 1991 Special Supplement, 1996 Supplement)

Federal Statutory Law of Employment Discrimination (with Professors Sullivan & Richards) (Michie/Bobbs-Merrill, 1980)