The Self-Critical Analysis Privilege and Discovery of Affirmative Action Plans in Title VII Suits

This Note argues that plaintiffs should have access to affirmative action plans in discovery. Part I describes the “self-critical analysis” or “self-evaluative” privilege that employers have advanced to block discovery of such plans. Part II examines the conflicting interests of society, employers and employees in allowing or denying discovery. Part III evaluates the application of a self-critical analysis privilege in light of these conflicting interests and concludes that the privilege should not be applied to affirmative action plans.