Faculty Profiles

Noah Zatz

Noah D. Zatz

Professor of Law
A.B. Cornell University, 1994
M.A. Cornell University, 1996
J.D. Yale, 1999
UCLA Law faculty since 2004

Articles, Chapters and Reports

Get To Work or Go To Jail: State Violence and the Racialized Production of Precarious Work, 45 Law & Social Inquiry (forthcoming 2020). Full Text
Employer Aversion to Criminal Records: An Experimental Study of Mechanisms (with Naomi F. Sugie & Dallas Augustine), Criminology (forthcoming 2020). Full Text
Working to Avoid Incarceration: Jail Threat and Labor Market Outcomes for Noncustodial Fathers Facing Child Support Enforcement (with Michael A. Stoll), RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences (forthcoming 2020). (Special issue on “The Criminal Justice System as a Labor Market Institution,” edited by Sandra Smith & Jonathan Simon)
Carceral Labor Beyond the Prison, in Prison/Work (edited by Erin Hatton, University of California Press, forthcoming 2020).
The Carceral State at Work: Exclusion, Coercion, and Subordination, in Criminality at Work (edited by Alan Bogg, Jennifer Collins, Mark Freedland & Jonathan Herring, Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2020).
Work, Pay, or Go To Jail: Court-Ordered Community Service in Los Angeles (with Lucero Herrera, Tia Koonse & Melanie Sonsteng-Person), UCLA Labor Center (2019). Full Text
Discrimination and Labour Law: Locating the Market in Maldistribution and Subordination, in Philosophical Foundations of Labour Law 156-174 (edited by Hugh Collins, Gillian Lester & Virginia Mantouvalou, Oxford University Press, 2019).
Labour Law and Antidiscrimination Law: Is the Market the Problem, the Solution, or Not Foundational?,in Foundations of Labour Law (edited by Hugh Collins, Gillian Lester & Virginia Mantouvalou, forthcoming 2018).
Disparate Impact and the Unity of Equality Law, 96 Boston University Law Review 1357 (2017). Full Text
Does Work Law Have a Future If the Labor Market Does Not?, 91 Chicago-Kent Law Review 1081 (2016). [37th Annual Kenneth M. Piper Lecture] Full Text
A New Peonage?: Pay, Work, or Go To Jail in Contemporary Child Support Enforcement and Beyond, 39(3) Seattle University Law Review 927 (2016). [Thirteenth Amendment Sesquicentennial Symposium]. Full Text
Get To Work or Go To Jail: Workplace Rights Under Threat (with Tia Koonse, Theresa Zhen, Lucero Herrera, Han Lu, Steven Shafer, and Blake Valenta). UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, UCLA Labor Center, A New Way of Life Reentry Project (March 2016). Full Text
The Many Meanings of “Because Of”: A Comment on Inclusive Communities Project, 68 Stanford Law Review Online 68 (2015). Full Text
Special Treatment Everywhere, Special Treatment Nowhere, 95 Boston University Law Review 1155 (2015). Full Text
Seeing Work, Envisioning Citizenship (with Eileen Boris), 18 Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal 95 (2014). Full Text
Putting Intent in Its Place: A New Direction for Title VII, 28(4) California Labor & Employment Law Review 8 (2014). Full Text
Introduction: Working Group on the Future of Systemic Disparate Treatment Law, 32 Berkeley Journal of Employment & Labor Law 387 (2012). Full Text
Poverty Unmodified?: Critical Reflections on the Deserving/Undeserving Distinction, 59 UCLA Law Review 550 (2012). Full Text
The Impossibility of Work Law, in The Idea of Labour Law (edited by Guy Davidov & Brian Langille, Oxford University Press, 2011). Full Text
Beyond Misclassification: Tackling the Independent Contractor Problem Without Redefining Employment, 26 ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law 279 (2011). Full Text
Supporting Workers By Accounting for Care, 5 Harvard Law & Policy Review 45 (2011). Full Text
The Minimum Wage as a Civil Rights Protection: An Alternative to Antipoverty Arguments?, 2009 University of Chicago Legal Forum 1 (2009). Full Text
Managing the Macaw: Third-Party Harassers, Accommodation, and the Disaggregation of Discriminatory Intent, 109 Columbia Law Review 1357 (2009). Full Text
Revisiting the Class Parity Analysis of Welfare Work Requirements, 83 Social Service Review 213 (2009). [Selected for the 2008 Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum, Labor Law/Social Welfare Policy category.] Full Text
Prison Labor and the Paradox of Paid Nonmarket Work, in Economic Sociology of Work (edited by Nina Bandelj, Emerald Press, 2009). [Vol. 19 of Research in the Sociology of Work.] Full Text
Working Beyond the Reach or Grasp of Employment Law, in The Gloves-Off Economy: Problems and Possibilities at the Bottom of America's Labor Market (edited by Annette Bernhardt, Heather Boushey, Laura Dresser, and Chris Tilly, Cornell University Press, 2008). [Annual research volume of Labor & Employment Relations Association.] Full Text
Working at the Boundaries of Markets: Prison Labor and the Economic Dimension of Employment Relationships, 61 Vanderbilt Law Review 857 (2008). Full Text
What Welfare Requires From Work, 54 UCLA Law Review 373 (2006). Full Text
Welfare to What?, 57 Hastings Law Journal 1131 (2006). Full Text
Beyond the Zero-Sum Game: Toward Title VII Protection for Intergroup Solidarity, 77 Indiana Law Journal 63 (2002). Full Text
A Practical Legal Services Approach to Addressing Racial Discrimination in Employment (with Sharon M. Dietrich), 36 Clearinghouse Review 39 (2002).
Note, Sidewalks in Cyberspace: Making Space for Public Forums in the Electronic Environment, 12 Harvard Journal of Law & Technology 149 (1998). Full Text
Sex Work/Sex Act: Law, Labor, and Desire in Constructions of Prostitution, 22 Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 277 (1997). Full Text

Op-eds, Blogs, and Miscellany

Colorblindness and Liberal Racial Paternalism in Bailey v. Alabama, Law and Political Economy (April 18, 2018). Full Text
Is “the Market” the Enemy?: Racial Exploitation in Bailey v. Alabama, Law and Political Economy (Jan. 27, 2018). Full Text
California Bans the Box, Twice: Bright-Line Limits on Justifying Criminal Record Screens (Part I), On Labor: Workers, Unions and Politics (Jan. 16, 2018). Full Text
California Bans the Box, Twice: Establishing Disparate Impact with General Statistics (Part II), On Labor: Workers, Unions and Politics (Jan. 17, 2018). Full Text
State Power and the Construction of Contractual Freedom: Labor and Coercion in Bailey v. Alabama, Law and Political Economy (Nov. 24, 2017). Full Text
Thinking Intersectionally About Race and Class in the Trump Era, Law and Political Economy (Nov. 13, 2017). Full Text
Kaepernick’s Grievance and Fancy Retaliation Theories, On Labor: Workers, Unions and Politics (Oct. 18, 2017). Full Text
The Law Is on the N.F.L. Players’ Side (with Benjamin Sacks), NY Times (Oct. 17, 2017). Full Text
How the Anthem Backlash Violates Employment Discrimination Law, On Labor: Workers, Unions and Politics (Oct. 13, 2017). Full Text
Chicken Processing as Drug Rehab: Forced Labor in a Diversion Program, On Labor: Workers, Unions and Politics (Oct. 6, 2017). Full Text
The GOP Hates Red Tape -- Except When it Comes to Poor People, Washington Post (May 30, 2017). Full Text
Comment Letter on Proposed Consideration of Criminal History in Employment Decisions Regulations, California Fair Employment and Housing Council (Mar. 24, 2016). Comments
Ban the Box and Perverse Consequences, On Labor (Aug. 2016). Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
How Criminalizing Unemployment Creates Bad Jobs, Talk Poverty (April 28, 2016). Full Text
What's Wrong With "Work or Jail", L.A. Times (April 8, 2016). Full Text
Power At Work: Mass Incarceration’s Shadow, On Labor (March 30, 2016). Full Text
Is Uber Wagging the Dog With Its Moonlighting Drivers?, On Labor (Feb. 1, 2016). Full Text
Beyond Misclassification: Gig Economy Discrimination Outside Employment Law, On Labor (Jan. 19, 2016). Full Text
Get to Work or Go to Jail: Free Labor in the Shadow of Mass Incarceration, American Constitution Society Blog (Nov. 16, 2015). Full Text
Taking Unpaid Housework for Granted Is Wrong, NY Times (Sept. 9, 2014). Op Ed
A War on Community Service, Washington Post (April 12, 2008).
Welfare Reform—What Really Works, Los Angeles Times (Aug. 23, 2006).