Loyola University Chicago

School of Law

Full-Time Faculty

Michael J. Zimmer

Title/s: Professor of Law

Office #: Corboy 1326

Phone: 312.915.7919

E-mail: mzimme4@luc.edu


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 students in China, England, France and Italy.

A widely recognized scholar in the areas of employment discrimination law, labor and employment law and constitutional law, Professor Zimmer is co-author of one of the first and still the leading employment discrimination casebooks that is in its eighth edition as well as co-author of the first casebook on international and comparative employment law which is now in its second edition. He has also published many articles in leading law journals.

In 2012, Professor Zimmer delivered the 24th Fairchild Lecture at the University of Wisconsin law school which was a special honor because the lecture is named for Judge Fairchild for whom he clerked.  In 2011, he was the  Recipient of the First Annual Paul S. Miller Award for Contributions To Labor and Employment Law 2011.

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, and contracts.


A.B., Marquette University
J.D., Marquette University
LL.M., Columbia University

Program Areas

Constitutional Law
International & Comparative Employment Law
Labor Law

Selected Publications

Professor Zimmer's SSRN Webpage


The Global Workplace: International and Comparative Employment Law - Cases and Materials. (with Professors Blanpain, Bisom-Rapp, Corbett & Joseph) (2nd ed. Aspen Publishers 2012)

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

Cases & Materials on Employment Discrimination (with Professors Sullivan & White) (Aspen Publishers, 8th edition 2012)

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)


Binders Full of Women & Closing the Gap, __ Fl. Int’l. L. Rev. ___ (2013)

Is the Antidiscrimnation Project Being Ended, 1 Ind. J. L. & Soc. Equality 1 (2013)

Inequality, Individualized Risk & Insecurity, 2013 Wisc. L. Rev. 1

North American Border Wars: The Role of Canadian and American Scholarship in U.S. Labor Law Reform Debates (with Bisom-Rapp), 30  Hofstra Lab. & Employ. J. 1 (2013) (also published in Italian as La Guerra di Confine Nordamericana: il Ruolo della Ricerca Canadese e Americana nel Dibattito sulla Riforma del Diritto del Lavoro Statunitense, in Regole, Politiche e Metodo: L’ereditÀ di Marco Biagi nelle Relazioni di Lavoro di Oggi (F. Basenghi, L.E. Golzio (a cura di), con la collaborazione di A. Russo, O. Rymkevich, I. Senatori, C. Serra, eds., Giappichelli, 2013).

Wal-Mart v. Dukes: Taking the Protection Out of Protected Classes, 16 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 409 (2012).

Unions  & the Great Recession: Is Transnationalism the Answer?, 15 Employ Rts & Employ. Poly .J. 123 (2011)

Ricci’s Color-Blind Standard in a Race Conscious Society: A Case of Unintended Consequences? 2010 BYU L. Rev. 1257

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 J 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)

Book Reviews

The Race Card, by Richard Thompson Ford, Trial, October, 2008, p. 56

Equality: A New Framework, by Bob Hepple, Mary Coussey & Tufyal Choudhury, 21 Comp. Lab. L. & Pol’y J. 701(1999)