October 9, 2020.  Professor Katie Eyer is scheduled to present “The But-For Principle in Anti-Discrimination Law” at the 2020 Colloquium on Scholarship in Employment and Labor Law (COSELL). In the Article, Professor Eyer argues that the “but for” principle in anti-discrimination law–which has often been opposed by progressives–holds considerable potential for reinvigorating civil rights protections. Drawing on the recent case of Bostock v. Clayton County, she suggests that a number of the biggest obstacles that anti-discrimination litigants face–including the over-use of summary judgment, the imposition of unduly strict standards of proof, and requirements of strong showings of discriminatory intent–have the potential to be mitigated by the “but for” principle.