Levin College of Law

Stephanie Bornstein

University Term Professor
Associate Professor of Law

Mailing Address:
Box #117625 Gainesville, FL 32611


Professor Stephanie Bornstein teaches and writes in the areas of employment and labor law, antidiscrimination law, and civil procedure. Her scholarship focuses on legal and administrative strategies to reduce racial and gender inequality in the workplace and ensure access to justice in civil litigation. Bornstein’s work has been cited in enforcement efforts by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). Since 2011, five of Bornstein’s law review articles have been cited in amicus briefs filed by national organizations in five different cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Her article, Reckless Discrimination, 105 California L. Rev. 1055 (2017), was selected as a winner of the 2017 Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) Call for Papers competition. In 2019-2020, Bornstein will serve as the Chair of the AALS Section on Employment Discrimination Law.

Prior to joining the University of Florida law faculty, Bornstein served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of California, Hastings College of Law; as a Faculty Fellow and Deputy Director of UC Hastings’ Center for WorkLife Law; and as a staff attorney at national public interest law center Equal Rights Advocates. Bornstein received her bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Harvard University and her law degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where she served as a member of the California Law Review and Managing Editor of the Berkeley Women’s Law Journal.


J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law
A.B., Harvard University (magna cum laude)

Teaching and Scholarship

  • Current courses: Employment Law, Employment Discrimination, Civil Procedure
  • Other Interests: Administrative Law, Legislation, Labor Law, Title IX, Race & the Law, Gender & the Law, Work & the Family

Professional Activities

  • University of Florida: Joined College of Law faculty as Assistant Professor in 2014; Promoted to Associate Professor in 2017
  • Previous Academic Experience: Visiting Assistant Professor, University of California, Hastings College of the Law (2011-2014)
  • Other Professional Experience: Deputy Director & Faculty Fellow, Center for WorkLife Law, University of California, Hastings College of the Law (2006-2011); Attorney, Equal Rights Advocates (2000-2004)
  • Professional Associations: Law & Society Association; Work & Family Researchers Network; Admitted to California Bar


Employment Law - LAW 6545
  • This course is an introduction to and survey of principal statutes and common-law doctrines governing the workplace and relationships between employers and employees. Typical topics covered may include the at-will doctrine, developing exceptions to the at-will doctrine, employment discrimination, conditions of employment, aspects of labor law, hiring, firing and other topics.
Civil Procedure - LAW 5301
  • Analysis of a civil lawsuit from commencement through trial, including consideration of jurisdiction, venue, pleading, motions, discovery, and joinder of parties and of claims; right to trial by jury, selection and instruction of jury, respective roles of judge, jury, and lawyer; trial and post-trial motions; judgments.
Employment Discrimination - LAW 6549
  • The goal of this course is to introduce the major federal statutes prohibiting workplace discrimination and to develop your ability to analyze employment decisions and workplace conduct under the legal framework created by Congress and the judiciary.


Selected Articles

  • Public-Private Co-Enforcement Litigation, 104 Minnesota L. Rev. _ (forthcoming 2019)
  • The Statutory Public Interest in Closing the Pay Gap, 10 Alabama C.R.-C.L. L. Rev 1 (2019) (invited symposium essay) [SSRN]
  • Antidiscriminatory Algorithms, 70 Alabama L. Rev. 519 (2018) [SSRN]
  • Equal Work, 77 Maryland L. Rev. 581 (2018) [SSRN]
    • Selected for peer review in JOTWELL
  • Reckless Discrimination, 105 California L. Rev. 1055 (2017) [SSRN]

    -Winner, SEALS 2017 Call for Papers Competition

  • Unifying Antidiscrimination Law through Stereotype Theory, 20 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 919 (2016) [SSRN]
  • Rights in Recession: Toward Administrative Antidiscrimination Law, 33 Yale L. & Pol’y Rev. 119 (2014) [SSRN]
  • The Legal and Policy Implications of the “Flexibility Stigma,” 69 J. of Soc. Issues 389 (2013) (peer reviewed) [SSRN]
  • The Law of Gender Stereotyping and the Work-Family Conflicts of Men, 63 Hastings L. J. 1297 (2012) [SSRN]
  • Work, Family, and Discrimination at the Bottom of the Ladder, 19 Geo. J. on Poverty L. & Pol’y 1 (2012) [SSRN]