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Elizabeth Hirsh

University of British Columbia

Hearing of March 16, 2016 - Public Input into the Proposed Revisions to the EEO-1 Report

Elizabeth Hirsh is Associate Professor of Sociology, Canada Research Chair in Inequality and Law, and Director of Graduate Studies in Sociology at the University of British Columbia. Hirsh completed her PhD in Sociology at the University of Washington in 2006 and taught at Cornell University for four years before joining the faculty at UBC. Hirsh's research expertise in the areas of organizations, inequality, and the law.  Much of her work focuses on employment discrimination and the impact of antidiscrimination laws and corporate diversity policies on gender, race, and ethnic inequality in the workplace. Current projects include a study of the economic, political, and organizational conditions under which employment discrimination lawsuits filed under U.S. civil rights laws bring about change in sex and race inequality in the workplace; a qualitative account of the factors that lead workers to file employment discrimination lawsuits based on interviews with plaintiffs in recent high-profile lawsuits; and an analysis of the impact of corporate diversity policies on levels of workplace sex and race inequality and discrimination disputes at work. Hirsh's work has appeared in top journals in sociology and law, including the American Sociological Review, the American Journal of Sociology, and the Law and Society Review. Hirsh teaches courses on work organizations, law, and social statistics.