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Ariana R. Levinson

Professor of Law, University of Louisville
Chapter Member: Kentucky SSN
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About Ariana

Levinson teaches Labor Law, Employment Law, Evidence, Dispute Resolution, and Arbitration Practice and Procedure.  Her research focuses on three primary topics: worker-ownership, particularly worker-owned cooperatives; labor arbitration, which involves the settlement of workplace disputes; and technology and the workplace, particularly focused on privacy issues and the rights of employees to use technology to act together to better their conditions of employment.

Levinson practiced labor law as a union-side attorney for many years and has remained involved in participating and presenting at union conferences.  She is currently working with the governance and membership committee of a group that plans to open a food cooperative in Louisville.  She is the co-chair for an annual conference providing legal education to attorneys practicing in the field of labor and employment law.  She also periodically participates in the Kentucky Equal Justice Center’s Workers’ Rights Task Force meetings.  Levinson is also a graduate and member of Leadership Louisville, a program fostering leadership in her community.

In the News

"No Grocery Store in Your Neighborhood? Join Forces to Create One," Ariana R. Levinson (with Kaitlyn Smith), Louisville Courier Journal, January 10, 2019.
"The Law behind Sexual Harassment," Ariana R. Levinson, Interview with Tabnie Dozier, WHAS 11 News, November 6, 2017.
Ariana R. Levinson quoted by Joan Rogers, "DOL Persuader Rule Injunction Gets Mixed Reactions" BNA Daily Labor Report, July 29, 2016.
Ariana R. Levinson quoted by Joan Rogers, "Opinion Blocking DOL Rule Cites Clash with Ethics Rules" ABA BNA Lawyers' Manual on Professional Conduct, July 27, 2016.
Ariana R. Levinson quoted by William Joy, "Laws Vary on When Guns are Allowed at Businesses" Wave 3 News, December 4, 2015.
Ariana R. Levinson quoted by Katie Brandenburg, "Simpson Joins Other Counties with Approval" Bowling Green Daily News, December 17, 2014.
Ariana R. Levinson quoted by Corey Weinberg, "A High-Tech New Way for Your Boss to Follow You Everywhere" Bloomberg Businessweek, August 1, 2014.
Ariana R. Levinson quoted by Vickie Elmer, "Your Boss is Reading Your Text Messages" Quartz, July 29, 2013.

Publications

"Founding Worker Cooperatives: Social Movement Theory and the Law" Nevada Law Journal 2 (2014): 322-363.

Applies social movement theory to five historical examples of establishing worker-owned cooperatives in the United States.  It describes the resulting insights, such as the importance of leader education and access to resources, for those wishing to establish such cooperatives and mentions potential legal reforms that would assist those establishing worker-owned cooperatives.

"Federal Preemption of Local Right-to-Work Ordinances" (with Alyssa Hare and Travis Fiechter). Harvard Journal on Legislation, no. 2 (2017): 457-501.

Explains that local right-to-work ordinances, which purport to make it unlawful for a union to receive payment for its services from those it represents, are prohibited by federal law.  Because of this, passing such ordinances is not a good use of tax-payer funds or local officials’ time.

"Social Media and the National Labor Relations Board" in Research Handbook on Electronic Commerce Law, edited by John A. Rothchild (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2016), 337-360.

Explains how the National Labor Relations Board has properly applied long-standing legal concepts to protect workers who seek to improve their working conditions through discussions on social media.  It suggests that some minor changes to its rulings involving social media would make the Board’s position even stronger.

"Solidarity on Social Media" Columbia Business Law Review 2 (2016): 303-338..

Summarizes the Board’s decisions and guidance about employees’ use of social media and employer policies regulating the use of social media. It then discusses four simple clarifications that the Board should make in future decisions in order to make its regulation easier for employers and employees to understand and follow.

"What the Awards Tell Us about Labor Arbitration of Employment Discrimination Claims" University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform 46, no. 3 (2013): 789-862.

Examines 160 labor arbitration opinions and awards in employment-discrimination cases and concludes that labor arbitration is an appropriate way to resolve employment-discrimination claims.  The article acknowledges that targeted legislation to ensure the protection of employees’ rights might further insure that labor arbitration effectively resolves employment-discrimination claims.

"Toward a Cohesive Interpretation of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act for the Electronic Monitoring of Employees" West Virginia Law Review 114, no. 2 (2012): 461-530.

Proposes a cohesive interpretation of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act that courts should adopt to protect employees’ basic right to privacy in their electronic communications.