Employment Law, Employment Discrimination, Wage and Hour Law, Low-Wage Workers
Charlotte Alexander, an associate professor of legal studies in the Department of Risk Management and Insurance at the J. Mack Robinson College of Business with a secondary appointment at the College of Law, focuses on the employment relationship as a source of legal and economic risk for both workers and employers. She is interested in the decisions workers make in choosing whether and how to challenge unsafe or illegal working conditions and the incentive structures built into the law that are designed (but perhaps fail) to encourage workers to become enforcers of their rights. She also uses empirical methods to study trends in employment litigation, employers’ perceptions of their employment litigation risk, and the changes that employers make to their policies and practices in response. At bottom, her work investigates the ways in which workplace problems convert into legal claims and the consequences of employees’ claiming choices for both parties to the employment relationship.