U.S. State Courts
State courts are courts of “general jurisdiction”. They hear all the cases not specifically selected for federal courts. Just as the federal courts interpret federal laws, state courts interpret state laws. Each state gets to make and interpret its own laws.
U.S. Federal Courts
The federal courts are composed of three levels of courts. The Supreme Court of the United States is the court of last resort. It is generally an appellate court that operates under discretionary review, which means that the Court can choose which cases to hear, by granting writs of certiorari.
U.S. Supreme Court decisions, 1937-1975 – Over 7,000 decisions, reported in Vols. 300 to 422 of the U.S. Reports.
U.S. Circuit Court Decisions — Covers all the Circuit Courts of Appeals on the Internet.
First Circuit — Federal appeals decisions for MA, ME, NH, PR, RI
Second Circuit — Federal appeals decisions for CT, NY, VT
Third Circuit — Federal appeals decisions for DE, NJ, PA, VI.
Fourth Circuit — Federal appeals decisions for MD, NC, SC, VA, WV.
Fifth Circuit — Federal appeals decisions for LA, MS, TX.
Sixth Circuit — Federal appeals decisions for KY, MI, OH, TN.
Seventh Circuit — Federal appeals decisions for IL, IN, WI.
Eighth Circuit — Federal appeals decisions for AR, IA, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD.
Ninth Circuit — Federal appeals decisions for AK, AZ, CA, Guam, HI, ID, MT, NV, OR, WA.
Tenth Circuit — Federal appeals decisions for CO, KS, NM, OK, UT, WY.
Eleventh Circuit — Federal appeals decisions for AL, FL, GA.
D.C. Circuit — Federal appeals decisions for DC.
Federal Circuit — Federal appeals decisions from Merit Systems Protection Board, other agencies.
U.S. Federal Government Agencies
Superintendent of Documents’ Home Page — Provides access to the Code of Federal Regulations, the Federal Register and more.
U.S. Department of Labor
The United States Department of Labor (DOL) is a cabinet-level department of the U.S. federal government responsible for occupational safety, wage and hour standards, unemployment insurance benefits, reemployment services, and some economic statistics; many U.S. states also have such departments.
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs — Enforces federal affirmative-action programs.
Wage and Hour Division — Enforces the federal minimum-wage, overtime pay and child labor statute.
Office of Administrative Law Judges — Library includes whistleblower decisions.
U.S. Discrimination Law
Title VII — Civil Rights statutes, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Employment Discrimination Law Materials — Compiled by the Legal Information Institute, Cornell University.
Facts About Sexual Harassment — Compiled by the EEOC.
U.S. Department of Justice ADA Home Page — Information about the Americans With Disabilities Act.
U.S. Employee Benefits Law
BenefitsLink — Information about your rights and remedies under ERISA.
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. “search” site — Search to find out if you are owed money from your ex-employer’s terminated pension plan.
Overview of pension law — Compiled by the Legal Information Institute, Cornell University.
Non-U.S. Employee Rights
The World List — Law-related resource guide for more than 70 countries.
Australasian Legal Information Institute — Includes Industrial and Labour Law Project and Workplace Relations Project.
Law Foundation of New South Wales — Includes decisions of the Industrial Relations Court of Australia and the Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission.
Continuing Legal Education Foundation of B.C. — Links to information about Canadian law.
Human Rights & Research Centre — Located at the Univeristy of Ottawa
Mexican law — Web site of the Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (en español).
LabourNet (U.K) — Information about British and international labor-union activities.
Privacy in cyberspace — Articles on legal issues and policy: cyberspace and the law.
U.S. State-Law Employee Rights
Selected Electronic Law Journals
Garland’s Digest — Requires paid subscription; monthly summaries of federal employment-discrimination decisions from federal appeallate courts
Electronic Law Libraries
Jurisline.com — includes U.S. District Court decisions
‘Lectric Law Library — A user-friendly resource oriented more towards laypeople.
The Chet Levitt Fund for Employment Law – The Chet Levitt Fund makes small grants to cover specific litigation expenses, such as depositions, expert witnesses, and printing of appellate records and briefs.
The Impact Fund – Funding and technical assistance for class action and impact poverty, civil rights and environmental justice litigation.
Civil Rights Organizations
The Alliance for Justice – Since 1985, the Alliance for Justice has been extensively involved in the appointment process for federal judges. Through the Judicial Selection Project, the Alliance monitors and investigates judicial nominations at all levels of the federal branch, and encourages public participation in the confirmation process.
Government Accountability Project — Information for and about whistleblowers.
Human Rights Campaign — Organization for gay and lesbian rights.
National Partnership for Women & Families — Includes information about the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
Labor and labor-oriented federations and unions on the Internet — A comprehensive list.
Sexual Orientation — Top New York City, Philadelphia and New Jersey sexual orientation discrimination attorney. Workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
Directories of Experts — List of expert witnesses, private investigators and legal consultants.
Expert Pages — Listings of expert witnesses.
Employment Law Fact Sheets — Prepared by the Employment Law Center, Legal Aid Foundation of San Francisco; requires Acrobat Adobe Reader to view them.
The Employment Law Information Network — More links to other Employment Law resources on the Web.
Employment Law Materials — Compiled by the Legal Information Institute, Cornell University.
LawMemo.com — A site on labor and employment law maintained by Prof. Ross Runkel, Willamette University College of Law.
Workers’ Rights — Information about and discussion groups on employment law, open to both laypeople and lawyers.
Workplace Fairness – Workplace Fairness is a non-profit organization that provides information, education and assistance to individual workers and their advocates nationwide and promotes public policies that advance employee rights.
Minority Bar Associations
Know Your Politicians
Operation Vote Smart — Information about the voting records and campaign contributions of your Representative and Senators.
Roll Call Online — Online version of the best insider source of information about the U.S. Congress.