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Rachel Arnow-Richman - University of Florida. Gainesville, FL, US

Rachel Arnow-Richman Rachel Arnow-Richman

Gerald A. Rosenthal Chair in Labor & Employment Law | University of Florida

Gainesville, FL, UNITED STATES

Rachel Arnow-Richman teaches and publishes in the areas of employment law and contracts.


Prof. Arnow-Richman teaches and publishes in the areas of employment law and contracts. She is widely known for her work on the #MeToo movement and the rights of accused harassers, as well as a series of articles proposing mandatory advance notice and severance pay for terminated employees.

Industry Expertise (2)

Employment Services

Legal Services

Areas of Expertise (3)

Employment Law



Media Appearances (4)

How Joe Biden's order on noncompetes could make it easier to quit your job

CBS News  online


"When your mobility is hampered, your ability to negotiate for better conditions in your current employment is also hampered," said Rachel Arnow-Richman, a law professor at the University of Florida who has extensively studied noncompete agreements.

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First Amendment Confusion

Northern Express  online


Rachel Arnow-Richman, a professor of labor law at the University of Florida, points out that a 2006 Supreme Court ruling endorsed governmental power to partially restrict public sector workers’ speech. However, a conflicting Florida law says that school districts are prohibited from infringing on employee Constitutional rights.

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Can A Teacher Fly A Black Lives Matter Flag At School? A Florida Court Will Consider

NPR  radio


BOLES: But that argument might face an uphill battle in court, says Rachel Arnow-Richman, a professor of labor and employment law at the University of Florida. RACHEL ARNOW-RICHMAN: We think of the First Amendment as a foundational principle of our democracy, and it is, but it's subject to many limitations.

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Rachel Arnow-Richman’s Pemberton Lecture Examines Labor and Employment Law After #MeToo

University of San Francisco School of Law  online


Arnow-Richman discussed the ways in which big businesses tolerate sexual harassment from their top dog employees, while disproportionately policing lower-rank employees to avoid seeming “soft” on sexual assault. This policing includes the absence of due process for the accused. “How do we strike a balance between protecting victims and treating alleged harassers fairly?” she asked.

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Articles (1)

The Best and Worst of Contracts Decisions: An Anthology

Florida Law Review

Rachel Arnow-Richman, Richard R. Carlson, Mark P. Gergen, Kenney F. Hegland et al.

2018 The common law of contract is an intellectual and political triumph. In its mature form, it enables judges whose ideological goals may differ to apply doctrines that provide the right to make enforceable promises; with legislation, the common law also provides proper limits on that right. Lately, scholars have produced a flood of contract law theory that enriches our thinking about and grounding for contract law norms. But the real work of common law development has always occurred in the trenches — in judicial decisions. In those trenches and on the framework built there, some decisions matter far more than others, and jurists, scholars, and teachers draw on these key decisions to do their work.

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Languages (1)

  • English