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October 11, 2021  

Discrimination Protection for Volunteers

October 11, 2021

Discrimination against protected classes in employment is clearly illegal, but what protections exist for volunteers? What constitutes a benefit that should trigger employment law protections? Can intangible benefits be enough to trigger Title VII protections? Can an organization refuse to accept donations in a discriminatory manner? Do some volunteer organizations, such as volunteer fire departments, perform such important tasks that society should not permit them to discriminate even if they would be permitted to otherwise?

The article discussed was: Joseph D. Greenhalgh, I Didn't Volunteer for This: A Solution for Protection Volunteers from Discrimination in Massachusetts. 39 W. New Eng. L. Rev. 177 (2016).

Host: Seth Trott

Panel: Tony Fernando, Schenley Kent

Audio: Mohammed Saleem

Producer: Tony Fernando