Bringing the Law to Life in Human Resources Education

  • Mark Skowronski


In this paper, the author describes his experience using a mock investigation to teach students about US equal employment opportunity law. Using a real, highly publicized religious discrimination case, students are assigned various roles relevant to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) complaint process. Student groups, representing either the job applicant or the employer, participate in simulated “oral arguments”. These arguments are evaluated by other students, representing the EEOC, to determine if the charges have merit. The author has created a series of handouts and mock forms for executing the role-play. This exercise can be adapted to cover a wide range of topics related to employment law and human resources.