- Employment Law
- Tort Law
Sachin Pandya’s scholarship has focused on American employment law, tort law, and the origins of the American liability insurance market. Since joining the Law School in 2008, Professor Pandya has taught Torts, Employment Law, and advanced seminars on related topics.
A graduate of Yale Law School (J.D.), Columbia University (M.A. Sociology), and the University of California, Berkeley (B.A. Social Science), Professor Pandya clerked for the Honorable Jon O. Newman, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, after which he served as an appellate and civil rights attorney in the Office of the New York Attorney General. There, he litigated, and often personally argued, many complex cases in New York State’s appellate courts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He also helped litigate cases in the US Supreme Court. In 2004, he was a co-recipient of a Best U.S. Supreme Court Brief Award from National Association of Attorneys General. Professor Pandya started his law teaching career as a teaching fellow at Columbia Law School.
Sachin S. Pandya, Presuming Damages for Unemployment Distress, 19 Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal 85 (2015)
Sachin S. Pandya and Peter Siegelman, Underclaiming and Overclaiming, 38 Law & Social Inquiry 836 (2013)
Professor Sachin S. Pandya co-wrote an amicus brief, filed July 3, 2019 in the U.S. Supreme Court, on behalf of employment-discrimination scholars in Bostock v. Clayton County, No. 17-1618; Altitude Express v. Zarda, No. 17-1623; and R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, No. 18-107. These cases concern whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which declares it illegal for an employer to not hire, fire or otherwise discriminate against any individual "because of such individual's . . . sex," covers employer discrimination against any individual for being gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.
On July 25, 2018, Professor Sachin Pandya filed an amicus brief on behalf of labor and legal historians in New Prime, Inc. v. Oliveira, No. 17-340, an appeal pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. The case primarily concerns whether Congress intended the workers exemption to the Federal Arbitration Act to cover only common-law employees. Professor Pandya is counsel of record for the amici historians and wrote the brief with Professor Richard Frankel of Drexel University.