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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

Up In The Air—To Address Sexual Harassment, Follow Your Procedures

By: Amy Epstein Gluck So, I’m on a Southwest flight to New Orleans (woohoo!!) to hang out with my FisherBroyles partners for a few days. I am psyched! Being me, on the flight, I started chatting with the flight attendant about her job and ask her about her experiences with sexual harassment in her workplace, which,…
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The 4th Circuit Says: Rumor Has It

By Amy Epstein Gluck I am going to lay out the lede up front: last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit reversed the dismissal of a plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim based on sex-based rumors. It considered the claims to be rooted in unlawful sex stereotypes about women. What Was This…
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"You All's President"

It’s not only the EEOC which is litigating cases of racial harassment which hit the news – today’s post is about a recent case arising out of the Iowa Civil Rights Commission. Iowa?  A beacon of civil rights? Who knew? Apparently, a business owner in West Des Moines was hit with a $14,700 judgment (lost…
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What Classic Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment Looks Like

By: Amy Epstein Gluck Of the types of sexual harassment, the one we see far less of is quid pro quo harassment. Why? Because it’s SO OBVIOUSLY wrong that most perpetrators (predators?) know it is unlawful. Case in point: One franchisee just settled a 2015 sexual harassment lawsuit for $80,000 after a former general manager…
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Avoiding Dinners With Female Colleagues May Not Be the Answer to Avoiding Lawsuits

By: Amy Epstein Gluck Fear of potential sexual harassment lawsuits could lead to different problems. Here’s what I’m talking about: “I don’t even know what I’m allowed to say to women anymore.” “Don’t sit next to her on a plane during that work trip.” “I’m afraid to invite a female colleague to an event without…
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When Does Title VII Protect “Perceived As” Claims Based On Race?

By:  Amy Epstein Gluck An interesting question, says the law geek, as I read about a British theater director who self-identified as Black. Now, he, the son of two white Irish parents, was actually not Black. However, people often assumed this dude was mixed race due to his hair and facial structure. He was “perceived…
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Another Fire Department Engulfed In Flames

By: Amy Epstein Gluck Oy. That’s what I thought when I read this article about a Cook County (Illinois) jury that awarded a combined $11,213,000 to a Country Club Hills firefighter in her claim against the city for sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation. It seems like yesterday, but it was in fact last month…
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EEOC: Same-Sex and Race-Based Harassment is Not OK.

By: Amy Epstein Gluck The “n word” has surfaced in yet another lawsuit based on racial harassment. Also present is a type of “boys club” culture consisting of sex-based horseplay and other misconduct. The result? Last week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit against one company for both race and sex-based harassment, claiming…
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Sexual Harassment: R-E-S-P-E-C-T in Fire Departments

By: Amy Epstein Gluck Damn, I miss Aretha. Back, way back, in early 2016, I told you here about a Colorado fire department’s $75,000 settlement with a former female firefighter to settle claims of gender discrimination and sexual harassment. The woman had filed a complaint with the EEOC (a complainant’s necessary first step prior to…
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A Federal Jury Sends a Message in the #MeToo Era

By: Amy Epstein Gluck #MeToo is real. That is, #MeToo as a movement or an era or even a concept applies to real people of all backgrounds, to blue collar as well as white collar workers. One thing I know for sure—no one sets out desiring to be in the #MeToo club. In fact, I’d…
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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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