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Hi! Welcome to the Web page for Dr. B-A's Employment Law course here at the
We are more alike my friends, than we are unalike - Maya Angelou
You must be the change you wish to see in the world - Mahatma Gandhi
In the United States there is not a single line of any constitution that can withstand bigotry and ignorance when it seeks to destroy the rights of the individual; and bigotry and ignorance are ever active - Attorney Clarence Darrow, the Scopes trial
Sacred cows make the best hamburgers - Mark Twain
I swore never to be slient whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutraliity helps the oppressor, never the victims. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. - Elie Wiesel
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world - Anne Frank
We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race. We all share the same basic values. - Kofi Annan, UN Secretary General
You and I, we are the majority. We don't want war. Fun undermines authority! - Jane Evershed
Americans need to purge the darkness in our hearts and defeat the primitive, age-old fear and dehumanization of other people who are not like us. - Pres. Bill Clinton 10/3/99
We need to not only value diversity, but to honor and celebrate it. - Pres. Bill Clinton, State of the Union Address 1/27/200
or click on section you need below in capital letters
rules for paper submission
making up absences
rules for paper submission
Click below to get the articles and info for the 5
class papers assigned. Your paper is to include all articles in
DISCRIMINATION AND DIVERSITY IN GENERAL (don't forget eLC articles)
GENDERr (don't forget to get 'Test Driving Dealerships' on eLC)
LEGL 4500/6500 - Employment Law
Significant Dates for Class
The course syllabus is a general plan for the course; deviations announced to the class by the instructor may be necessary.
Tu 1/8 - First day of class; Sign onto listserv with gmail account by midnight.
Th 1/24 - Discrimination in general paper due
Th 2/7 - Quiz/Exercise/ single question due
Tu 2/9 - Movie
Th 2/12 - Movie 1 paper due
Th 2/21 - Race paper due
Th 2/28 - Movie 2, Grad/Honors paper topic due (e-mail)
Th 3/7 - First half of journals due
Tu 3/12 - Spring Break, NO CLASS
Th 3/14 - Spring Break, NO CLASS
Th 3/21 - Gender paper due
Th 4/11 - Affinity orientation paper due
Th 4/18 - News arts due for those who couldn’t sign up
- Disability paper due
Tu 4/23 - All extra credit papers due; All out-of-comfort zone papers due
- Second half of journals due, Honors/Grad paper due
Th 4/25 - Last day of class
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Spring 2013 (Tu.1/8/2013)
OBJECTIVE: To teach the legal implications of dealing with employees in the work setting who may present challenges regarding discrimination on the basis of race, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy, affinity orientation and other categories covered by employment legislation.
T&Th 8-9:15 9:30-12:15. Caldwell 107. Ordinarily if I have two sections of the same class, I don’t mind which one you attend. However, due to the small room size, this cannot be done for these classes this semester. You must attend the class for which you signed up.
202 Brooks Hall. T&Th 7:00-8:00, 11-12, and by appointment. Call (706) 338-2293 for scheduling.
The class requirements for grades are as follows:
Each student has a "point pot" which starts out with 100 points for the class, and goes down with points deducted for loss of points from assignments, absences, tardiness of papers, etc.. Each of the assignments below is mandatory, meaning that you must do each. If you do not, then in addition to losing the points listed for the assignment, seven points will be deducted from your point pot. Submit all assignments!
Any assignment submitted to me must have the name in the upper right-hand corner, last name first. Failure to do this will result in lost points.
A newspaper article or YouTube video presented to the class – 3 points
Journal entries for each day – 28 points
Attendance at two events during the semester which take you out of your comfort zone as relevant to our class topics, with a one-page paper on each – 4 points (2 points each)
A quiz on chapters 1-3 -20 points
Four one-page, and one three-page papers based on articles available on this website – 42 points
one-page papers on each of two videos shown during the class – 2 points. Video papers are due the next class after the showing of the video. If the showing goes over one class day, the papers are due on the first class after the class in which the video ended.
There are no exams. However, there is a quiz based on the textbook chapters 1-3. Also included in the point pot are any points deducted for failing to turn in assignments on time, failing to correctly answer questions based on the assigned chapter information or other things as I see fit. Points are added to the pot for doing extra assignments as I permit. The points are explained below. Grad students and those receiving honors credit are required to submit a 10-page research paper in addition to the rest of the class work. The paper does not receive an extra grade, but instead determines if the student will receive graduate/ honors credit for the course.
In order to see where you are at any given time, count up the points that have been deducted from your assignments, as well as any absences you have over the limit (5 points deducted for each absence over 1, unless you have an excused second absence you have made up as directed in this Web page), and deduct them from 100. When I determine your final grade for the class, I simply add up all of the points you lost, add to this any points lost for absences, then deduct the total from 100. Rather than add up how many points you receive, I simply deduct the points you’re missing from 100. Keep track of your points deducted and your absences. Make sure to keep all papers and emails until after the course is over. At least twice during the term, I will circulate a sheet containing my scores for you, including your absences and any extra credit recorded for you. Make sure your records are consistent with mine. While you should be keeping track of your own progress in the class, if you are ever unsure of where you stand, ask me.
Unless stated otherwise the grading scale for the class is 100-94 A, 93-90 A-, 89-87 B+, 86-84 B, 83-80 B-, 79-77 C+, 76-74 C, 73-70 C-, 69-65 D, 64 and below, F.
Check the due dates for the following assignments in the Important Dates listing above
The quiz covers chapters 1-3 and is a combination of multiple choice and true/false with fact patterns to analyze.
The article must be on some aspect of discrimination, and is not restricted to employment discrimination. You may use the web, but only if you can guarantee that the information you provide to the class is current. Credit will NOT be given for web material in the form of cases which are more than one year old from the date of your presentation, and only then if you have made sure that what you are presenting to the class is accurate and up to date. The best source for articles is newspapers and magazines rather than the web. The presentations are done orally and are limited to 5 minutes in class. Be prepared to give me a copy of the article you presented and include on it your name, date, source, including page number and date, for the article, and/or exact website. You may also present and discuss a YouTube video relevant to class instead. Make sure to provide me the link by email before your presentation.
If you were not able to sign up
on the presentation list for an oral presentation, then you must do your article in writing and submit it by
the end of class on the date due. Submit to me a COPY (not the original if it
is a newspaper article) of the article, and no more than one typewritten page
telling what the article was about and giving your opinion of the issue..
You will not receive credit for your article if it is not typed, stapled together with
your article, or does not have the source,
including date and page number, of your
You are to have a journal entry for each day of class, not including spring break. The entries should give insight you have gained from the day's discussion. Credit will not be given for mere regurgitation of the day's class or purely extraneous, non-class-related matters. It is the processing of the employment law related information that I am interested in seeing.
No points will be given for crap. "Crap" is defined as non-substantive words on paper which convey no insight or analysis.
The journals are yours to write and may be as personal and uncensored as you wish, since no one will see them except me. Do not write what you think I want to see. You may relate your insights to some way in which class information made you think about an event in your life or something you know about, in a different way.
The entries will be collected on the dates above.
The journal entries have no set length requirement, but should sufficiently convey your thoughts.
You are required to label each day's entry with the date and whatever it primarily addresses, i.e., "race," "gender," "affinity orientation," etc. This heading for the day must be located on the left of the page (not the right, or the center, as is generally the case).
If you want to receive credit for a journal entry for a day you were not in class, state in your journal entry that you were not in class, and write on some issue covered by our course subject matter.
Journal entries must be typed, single space, in 12 point font.
Each entry must be begin with 5 lines
separating it from the last line of the previous entry; on one line there must
be the date and topic in bold font; the next line should be blank and on the
next line the entry should begin.
Entries for each day are not to be put on a separate sheet of paper, but rather, are to be continued on the same sheet as the date of the last entry.
Entries must also be written for days on which class is cancelled. The topic can be anything related to Employment Law. Entries are not required for days on which the University does not hold class (such as Spring Break or Fall Break).
You will read several articles which I have placed on the supplemental reading assignment web page for you. The articles are divided by areas of discrimination that we cover, i.e., race, gender, etc. For each of the areas, you will submit a paper which covers the articles in that area. Under the name of each assigned article are the questions you are to keep in mind when reading the article, and later in addressing the issue in your papers. At the beginning of each section is the due date for the paper and the required length of the paper. Note that there is both an extra credit reading list page, as well as a supplemental reading assignment page. The former is a comprehensive list of readings you can choose for extra credit. The latter is the page for doing your assignments.
*one side of page only - do not use the back and front of the page
*do not include a cover page
*type your name in the upper right-hand corner of the paper; on the next line, center the name of the section of papers you are writing about, i.e., "Race" (without the quotation marks). Skip one line and begin your paper
*12 point Times New Roman font only.
*margins can be narrower than one inch in order to give you more room to write. I will write my notes on the back, if necessary.
*refer to the articles ONLY by the shortcut title in parenthesis behind the name of the article on the assignment web page.
*do not regurgitate the article contents - discuss and analyze the article instead.
*analyze the articles, synthesize your thoughts about them, and edit the paper well--don't waste space on repetition
* the paper must address the issues brought up by the questions under the articles for that section.
* each of the articles must be addressed in your paper
* put the name of the article in bold italics the first time you mention it in your paper.
* personal opinion is permitted, but only in the context of the questions asked.
The number of articles assigned per section differs therefore the possible points for each paper will vary since the number of points for any given paper will be 2 X the number of articles assigned for that section. Note that in some cases, there may be two articles listed together. That is because they are similar and are to be taken as one.
In order for the papers to receive full credit, they must be well done and you must include analysis of all the articles in the section. This will require you to analyze the articles, synthesize them, and edit your papers well in order to stay within the page limit. You need not answer each of the questions or do so separately. Rather, you can think about each of the questions for the article as you read the article, then when you get ready to write the paper, synthesize your thoughts on them. Make sure you edit your papers to minimize redundancy which will take up your much-needed space. It will also save you much space if you do not tell me what the articles are about in your paper. I already know. What your paper should discuss is what it is that you think about the articles, particularly as it relates to the questions you were given to think about.
The due dates for the papers are given at the top of the Handout Assignment web page section for that set of articles.
Points taken off for your papers can be regained by resubmitting the paper with the changes made from the notes as to why points were lost. When resubmitting the paper, it will not be graded unless the original paper with my notes is attached so that I know why points were taken away. Papers must be resubmitted the class after the papers were returned to the class.
I urge you to read as many of the extra credit articles from the Extra Credit Supplemental Readings site as possible, as they will be referred to in class from time to time. You will receive one point for each extra article from the list for which you read and submit a one-page paper.
"Outside Your Comfort Zone" Papers
Each paper should be no more than one page, single spaced, 12-font. I will be announcing these opportunities during the course of the semester as opportunities arise. Please let me know of anything you hear of that may fit this assignment so that I may share it with the class. It may be something your organization is sponsoring or something you've seen around campus or heard or seen advertised or just heard about. If it is not an announced opportunity, be sure to check with me to make sure it qualifies for the assignment.
In doing your papers, I am not as concerned with what the event was as I am with how it took you outside your comfort zone as it relates to issues we address in class. That should be the focus of your paper. There should be very little of the actual details of the event. Your paper should not be just a description of the event. If it is, you will receive no credit for it. The discomfort must come from feeling as “the other” or an outsider, not from simply being uncomfortable. For instance, being straight and going to a gay club or being Catholic and going to a Baptist church would qualify. Sky diving or visiting a retirement community would not. These papers may be turned in at any time during the semester up until the day before the last day of class. Please try not to wait until the end and have me loaded up with papers.
In-Class Movie Papers
These papers should be no more than one page, single-spaced, 12-font. I am not interested in a description of the movie. I will have seen it. I am interested in your reaction to it as relates to the issues we discuss in class and what insight you gained from seeing it. No credit will be given for regurgitation of the movie.
In addition to extra credit for turning in one-page papers on articles from the Extra Credit Reading List, you can also receive extra points for attending events relevant to class, some of which I will announce in class. In order to receive credit, turn in to me a brief report on what program you attended, what happened and what you got out of it. If you are unsure of whether a program will qualify for extra credit, clear it with me first. If you hear of any relevant events, including television or other media, please let me know so I can share it with the class. You can also send the class an e-mail notification via the listserv (4500DBA@listserv.uga.edu)
There may be the possibility of additional points for doing work related to the internet. I'll keep you posted.
* Assignments are due by the end of class when scheduled. If you do not turn in any submission by its deadline, one point is deducted for each day (including weekends and turning it in after class on the date it is due) that I do not receive it. The points deducted will be that many fewer points in your point pot. Don’t turn assignments in late!!!!
*Five points are deducted from your final grade for each absence over one. Absence can only be made up by the rules below, so extra credits submitted for other reasons will not count toward absences. Be careful of your absences! People who have done all the work for the class have still failed due to excessive absences. Consider this a non-negotiable rule.
*If you do not show up for a scheduled article presentation, and I have not heard from you regarding a viable excuse, rather than getting points for doing the article, the points are deducted from your point pot.
*Points are deducted for failure to follow rules set forth in your syllabus about the correct time and characteristics of submission of papers.
* A point is deducted for each of the directions
you fail to follow for a submission, i.e., failure to
- use the correct font
- put first use of article title shortcuts in bold italics
- use the correct title as I gave it for the article you're writing about, etc.
- failure to put your name, last name first, in the upper right-hand corner of papers you submit.
This is a class which you must attend in order to learn what the course is designed to provide you. I want you to attend class. You are allowed only one absence. After the first absence, five points will be deducted from your point pot for each absence and these will not be able to be made up by the submission extra credit assignments. I want you to be in class. Can that get any clearer? Be there!
The roll sheet is circulated daily and is the only acceptable evidence of being in class. If your signature is not on the roll sheet, you are considered absent. Make sure you sign the roll sheet. Of course, no one may sign the sheet for you in your absence. Doing so will result in the loss of one entire letter grade off your final score as well as the score of the student who signed for you.
will be deducted from your final grade, for each day you are absent over the first absence. The reason for the first absence doesn't not matter, so
you need not give me a written excuse. The roll sheet is circulated
daily. The roll sheet is the only acceptable means of proving you
were in class, so make sure you sign it. If your name is
not on the roll, then you are regarded as absent from class. Please do not come
to me asking to be counted as present by showing me your notes. This is
not acceptable. Sign the roll each day.
If you are absent more than once, you can make up only up to one additional absence. If you are absent more than that, you will be able to make no more than a B in the class no matter how many points you have.
In order for you to be able to make up the one absence over the one permitted, the absence must be verifiably excused by me. You will be required to supply appropriate documentation which can be suitably verified.
Absences count in order of their date. That is, the first absence you have is a freebie, but the next one after that must be excused in order for you to be able to make it up.
It is not the total number of absences and their reasons to consider in determining if it is excused. It is only those after the first one that a reason must be given. For instance, if you overslept the first time, then you are out with a hangover for the second absence, I wouldn't need an excuse for the first absence, but only for the second (and, of course, a hangover would not be able to be excused). Deciding to sleep in does not constitute an excuse, so you would not be able to make up the day with extra credit and the five points for the absence would come off your final grade for the class. If you had a doctor's note on the free absence, then overslept for the second, your second would still be an unexcused absence which could not be made up. The fact that you had a doctor's note for the first does not matter, because why you miss freebies is irrelevant. The fact that you had a doctor's note on the free absence would not help you on your second when you overslept. Some of you may be going on job interviews during the semester. These are not necessarily excused absences. You should make every effort to schedule the interviews at some time other than our class. If you choose to have interviews during our class, know that it may not be excused and even if it is excused by me, it must be made up as instructed below. In no instance will anything over 2 absences (1 freebie and 1 excused by me) result in a grade of more than a B in the class, regardless of your other points. Of course, depending on the number of absences you have, it can certainly result in less than a B.
Guard your absences carefully and only use them if you absolutely need to because you may eventually need them, but the absence is not verifiably excused. I say all this, but the truth is, you'll love the class so much until you won't even want to miss it.
The extra credit assignment to make up for up to one excused absences over your first absence consists of turning in five extra credit papers for each day of absence.
The papers must be turned in on the next class after your verifiably excused absence.
The papers are to be no more than one page each
on non-asterisked articles on this Website's supplemental class readings page.
If the article has a plus (+) sign next to it, then you must do three of the "plus" articles in order for them to count as paper.
Keep in mind that there can be no more than one excused absence for which you can do makeup assignments. If you do additional extra credit, it will not count to counterbalance points lost by your absences.
It is extremely important to come to class. The extra credit papers will be very closely scrutinized for thoroughness of familiarity with the issues involved. Any less than five articles for an excused absence will not count as credit for the absence. Can you tell that I would much prefer that you simply come to class? I reserve the right to change this policy and make it even tougher during the semester if the necessity arises. You are hereby given fair warning.
You are required to read your chapters as we get to that topic. Do not dismiss it just because you think you will not be specifically tested on it. That can certainly change. We will be discussing the chapters in detail in class, and three points will be deducted for each time you are called on and are unprepared with the chapter readings. You are hereby on notice that I reserve the right to increase the point deduction if the need arises.
are a graduate student or a student taking the class as an honors option, then
you are enrolled in LEGL 6500 rather than LEGL 4500. In addition to all
the other assignments due for class, you are also to submit a 10-page research
paper by Tuesday April 23. The paper can be on any topic relevant to
class. I will read a list of previous paper titles in class so that you
can get an idea of what kinds of topics students write about. You must have me
pre-approve your topic by submitting it by the date above. Take a look at
the areas we cover, both on the website and the textbook, to begin to get some
ideas. Requirements for the paper:
- ten pages
- cover page containing your name, date, title
-footnotes at the bottom of the page on which the note number appears
-a page containing all footnotes (this page is not counted as part of the ten pages required) in the same order they appear in the paper
-an e-mail sent to me by the paper deadline, containing your footnotes in which hot links to your internet sources is provided. Please send yourself a copy of the e-mail before sending it to me, to make sure that all of the links are working and accurate. Make the subject of the e-mail: Paper Citation Links
Let's not kid each other. You've most likely
seen "The Key" information for this class and you know the grades are
high. But don't let that fool you. Anyone will tell you that they
had to work hard to earn what they got. Better yet, you'll have to look hard to
find a student who will tell you they weren't significantly changed after
taking the course. The difference between this class and others is that
unlike many classes you will take in college, this one will directly affect
your ability to protect your employer and your company's assets from
unnecessary legal liability. I'm more interested in you knowing how to keep
your employer out of trouble for unnecessary discrimination claims that you can
help him/her avoid, than I am in the usual pedagogy of the course. I give you
plenty of opportunity to learn what you need to do to avoid liability because
it is so important that you do it. This system of evaluation necessarily has an
integral part of it, your absolute integrity in dealing with the process. The
tradeoff for no exams is making sure you do your assignments as required. I'm
telling you up front that you can get an "A" in the class if you put
forth the effort. Since it's so interesting, that should not be difficult. But
it does mean you have to do your part and do it to the very best of your
ability. I am more interested in you knowing the subject matter than anything
else. If you can show that you know it, your grade should reflect it.
Don't blow it off. I don't get many who try it, but ask anyone who has done it,
and they'll tell you they were REALLY
sorry they did.
COMMENTS: This is a fun and challenging class. There will be much discussion of issues and class participation is important. Get the numbers of a few students you can call to find out what happened if you were absent. Check below also.
GMAIL ACCOUNT: I require that you have a free gmail account for this class and that you insert your photo into your account as gmail allows you to do. Not only will you have tons more space for your e-mails, without having to worry about things being deleted, but your photo will show up when you e-mail me so I will know with whom I am communicating. Please sign up for your gmail account immediately.
To create a gmail account, go to gmail.com and set it up. To attach a photo to your account, click on the settings tab in the upper right part of the bar while in your gmail account, and make sure you are in the General tab. The fourth section down is about attaching photos. When uploading a photo, it allows you to make it fit. Make sure that the only thing in the photo is your face. If anything else is in the photo, the photo will be too small for me to see your face clearly. Any photo can be used as long as it gives me a good face shot, and the program allows you to make it larger. Please send an e-mail to a someone with gmail to see if the photo shows up, before submitting your required email to me. You can't imagine how time consuming it is to have hundreds of students and have to go back and forth with them on this!
E-Mail, the Web; the listserv: I communicate changes between class days by e-mail through the listserv (4500DBA@listserv.uga.edu). Anything you miss because you are not connected to the listserv will not be excused. This website will generally have class information posted and will be supplemented by e-mail. Make an e-mail folder for this class and keep all e-mails until class is over. Watch for changes. Don't just print out the web pages at the beginning of class and forget to look at the website again during the semester.
I have set up a listserv for the class entitled 4500DBA. It is urgent that you get on the listserv for the class as soon as possible. It also allows me to send everyone an e-mail at the same time. In order to get on the listserv, which you are required to do for the class, by either going to http://www.listserv.uga.edu and finding the 4500DBA listserv and following directions or by sending an e-mail to:
Make the text of the e-mail ONLY the following command:
subscribe 4500DBA your first name your last name
For example, mine would say:
subscribe 4500DBA Dawn D. Bennett-Alexander
Note that the 4500 and the DBA are all one "word." Do not put a space between the 4500 and the DBA. After the 4500DBA, put a space, then your name. So your message should be: subscribe [space] 4500DBA [space] Your Name. If you have done it correctly, you should then receive notification that they received your request and that you must respond the way it tells you to within 24 hours or you will be dropped. Simply writing ok in the message space is enough. Make sure to do this last step or you will not be on the listserv and will not receive e-mails. If you receive a message saying they have no such listserv, then you have entered the information incorrectly. Usually this is because you put a space between the 4500 and the DBA.
You may also either subscribe or unsubscribe by going to the listserv website at listserv.uga.edu, scrolling down to the class listserv and following directions for what you want to do.
Make the text of the e-mail ONLY the following:
Please do not
e-mail me asking me to take you off the listserv. You must do it
yourself, just as you put yourself on.
Recording: Lectures may not be recorded without my permission. Also, you do NOT have my permission to use notes from my lectures for commercial lecture note purposes.
Computers, Cell Phones and other electronic devices: Please do not use them in class. If I catch you doing so, you will be considered absent for the day. Period. Don’t even try to come to me and try to justify it. I don’t want to hear it. Just do not use them in class. It is totally disrespectful of both me and your classmates.
Academic Dishonesty: All academic dishonesty matters are considered serious and will be handled in accordance with the University's Office of Judicial Programs. Don't cheat!
Recommendations: Students often ask me to write recommendations for them. I don't mind doing it if I know you well enough to do so. Please do not ask me to write a recommendation for you if I do not know you. Being listed on my class roster is not a sufficient basis for my writing you a recommendation. In order to help me make the recommendation more than a general one, I need information from you. If you wish to have me write a recommendation, give me the following:
* an e-mail requesting the recommendation with a good, clear photo of you included
* the latest copy of your transcript
* your phone number and e-mail address
* explicit instructions as to where and to whom the recommendation should be sent. Do not include postage or pre-addressed or postaged envelopes.
* the deadline for the recommendation
* any necessary forms I need from the place needing the recommendation. Do not forget to fill out any portions required of you. Be aware that checking the box that says you reserve the right to view your recommendation generally means the recommendation carries very little weight. The requester generally feels the recommendation is of little value since a recommender is not as likely to be candid if the candidate is going to see the recommendation.
* a Word attachment to an e-mail which is a draft recommendation about yourself written by you as if it came from me.
* a brief, but full typed essay from you telling me things about yourself, your family, your goals, ambitions, and motivations, that might be helpful in painting a picture of you that you may think is inappropriate for you to do yourself. The information could include such things as obstacles you have had to overcome to go to school, particular family circumstances that may make you unique, etc. I don't want the essay you write for the application, and I don't want a recitation of your grades. I want something that makes you more than a one-dimensional person.
* Make sure you give me enough time to work on the recommendation. The longer the better. If it is brought to me at the last minute, you run the risk of me turning you down, or your recommendation being late.
* Give me the information (except the e-mail) as a total package, not piecemeal. If you give it to me piecemeal, pieces are likely to be misplaced.
* Follow these directions precisely. Recommendations are time consuming and tedious favors for you, but following these directions makes it a somewhat easier on me and is a small price to pay. Failure to follow the directions precisely will result in my not writing the recommendation. If you cannot follow these simple directions, I am not likely to feel comfortable recommending you to someone else.
***Students are responsible for all my postings on the Web or by e-mail. Keep in touch with these.
***The professor reserves the right to modify the syllabus as necessary.
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