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Helping Employers Implement Efficient and Equitable Solutions to their Workplace Problems

FisherBroyles Employment Law Blog

Helping Employers Implement Efficient and Equitable Solutions to their Workplace Problems

FisherBroyles Employment Law Blog

Helping Employers Implement Efficient and Equitable Solutions to their Workplace Problems

Keeping It Real: Cases of Race-Based Harassment Continue

By: Amy Epstein Gluck Employers, what kind of culture are you fostering? Is it one of respect and intolerance of unlawful harassment? Or is it one that perpetuates systemic racism? That is one question raised in this recent federal complaint, filed by two former employees and one current employee, all Black, against one employer in…
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"Stay Home and Bake Cookies!"

By: Amy Epstein Gluck Being female in a traditionally dominated male workplace can be tough. Several industries such as fire and police departments, automative services, and construction crews have long contained skewed gender ratios. Including truckers. Just ask one female truck driver who filed a complaint late last week in Pennsylvania federal court against her…
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Uber and the EEOC Settle Their Differences

By: Amy Epstein Gluck Way back when, i.e., in February 2017 and pre-#Metoo, an Uber employee published an online (i.e., very public) expose of what she considered to be a toxic culture at Uber and management’s failure to do anything about it—especially when alleged sexual harassment involved a rainmaker. I wrote about it here and…
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A Recipe For Sexual Harassment Liability

By: Amy Epstein Gluck I used to cook most nights for my family. But several years ago, my husband took over. He has become a master chef in the last few years, and the kitchen has become his domain. He has a smoker, he has a grill, he has utensils the names of which I do…
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News Flash—Simulating Sex Acts In The Workplace May Lead To Liability

By: Amy Epstein Gluck  I’ve been grappling recently with various scenarios I consider to be “grey areas” as to the presence of a hostile work environment. A somewhat creepy message. Asking out an intern alone. Showing vacation photos while on the beach without a shirt. Taken together, the conduct might rise to the level of “pervasive,”…
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New "Toolkit" Developed To Aid Vulnerable Agricultural Workers

I’ve written a lot about sexual harassment of vulnerable workers – that they are more likely to suffer sexual assault and harassment. Workers are “vulnerable” to discrimination and harassment for many reasons and in many situations, mostly evidenced by their powerlessness and the low status of their jobs. For example, they may fear running afoul…
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“Stupid Ass N *****" — Noooo, Not Enough To Be Considered Racial Harassment

Some time ago I analyzed court cases regarding the use of the N-word and nooses in workplace racial harassment cases.  I found in my (admittedly small, but not that small) sample, that either the N-word, a nooses, or both, were used in the vast majority of such cases. Since the federal standard for hostile workplace is…
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Mushroom Farm: The Poison of Sexual Harassment Grows In The Dark

The EEOC says that “[p]rotecting vulnerable workers, including immigrant and migrant workers, and underserved communities from discrimination is one of the Commission’s Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP) priorities.” What is a “vulnerable worker?” Workers are “vulnerable” to discrimination and harassment for many reasons and in many situations, mostly evidenced by their powerlessness and the low status…
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Bystander Intervention At Work

By: Amy Epstein Gluck I read with interest last night that a well-known billionaire money manager “talked about genitalia” in a well-attended investment conference and about how money managers view obtaining clients like “trying to get into a girl’s pants.” One attendee at the conference was not amused, and he intervened. Boy, did he intervene. This…
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Employers, Can You Fire An Employee For Being Gay or Transgender?

By:  Amy Epstein Gluck We will soon see—at least under federal law. What am I talking about? Tomorrow, October 8, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) will do what it does when states and federal courts and agencies are divided on an important issue: it will hear arguments on three cases in order to…
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RICHARD COHEN
Richard Cohen has litigated and arbitrated complex corporate, commercial and employment disputes for more than 35 years, and is a trusted advisor to business owners and in-house counsel both in the United States and internationally. His clients have included Fortune 100 companies, domestic and foreign commercial and investment banks, Pacific-rim corporations and real estate development companies, as well as start-up businesses throughout the United States.

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AMY EPSTEIN GLUCK
Amy Epstein Gluck has represented individuals and corporate clients in Virginia, Washington, D.C., and various federal district courts for more than twenty years. Ms. Epstein Gluck’s current practice areas include employment law—advising on and drafting employment agreements; handling employment negotiations, severance agreements, noncompete and nondisclosure agreements, “wrongful terminations” and other EEO matters; representation at the EEOC level; advising employers about discrimination laws and how to remain in compliance, and employment negotiations.

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