Stephanie Bornstein is a Visiting Assistant Professor teaching in the area of employment and labor law. Prior to this position, Professor Bornstein served as Faculty Fellow, Associate Director, and Deputy Director of Hastings’ Center for WorkLife Law, where she researched and wrote on issues of caregiver discrimination and cotaught a seminar, Employment Law: Work & the Family, with Distinguished Professor of Law Joan C. Williams. Before coming to UC Hastings, Professor Bornstein worked as a staff attorney at Equal Rights Advocates (ERA), a public interest law center focused on gender discrimination in employment and education. At ERA, she represented plaintiffs in individual and class action employment matters, specializing in pregnancy discrimination and family and medical leave. She was also among a small group of advocates to help author and enact California’s Paid Family Leave insurance program, the nation’s first comprehensive paid leave law.
Professor Bornstein received her bachelor's degree magna cum laude from Harvard University and her law degree from the U.C. Berkeley School of Law, where she served as a member of the California Law Review, Managing Editor of the Berkeley Women’s Law Journal (now the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice), and a counselor for the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center’s Workers’ Rights Clinic. During law school, she worked as a judicial extern for the Honorable Thelton E. Henderson, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, and as a summer associate for employment law firm Rudy, Exelrod & Zieff LLP. Upon graduation, she was awarded a two-year New Voices Fellowship to address work-family issues facing lower-income women.
Professor Bornstein is a frequent author and speaker on gender discrimination and work-family topics. Her current research focuses on caregiver discrimination against low-wage workers, gender stereotyping of men in the work-family context, and legal issues around workplace flexibility.
Courses Taught: Employment Law, Employment Discrimination