When the Shadow Is the Substance: Judge Gender and the Outcomes of Workplace Sex Discrimination Cases

  title={When the Shadow Is the Substance: Judge Gender and the Outcomes of Workplace Sex Discrimination Cases},
  author={Matthew M. Knepper},
  journal={Journal of Labor Economics},
  pages={623 - 664}
The number of workplace sex discrimination charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission approaches 25,000 annually. Do the subsequent judicial proceedings suffer from a discriminatory gender bias? Exploiting random assignment of federal district court judges to civil cases, I find that female plaintiffs filing workplace sex discrimination claims are substantially more likely to settle and win compensation whenever a female judge is assigned to the case. Additionally, female… 

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