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Fisher Broyles Firm blog

FisherBroyles Employment Law Blog

Helping Employers Implement Efficient and Equitable Solutions to their Workplace Problems

Fisher Broyles Firm blog

FisherBroyles Employment Law Blog

Helping Employers Implement Efficient and Equitable Solutions to their Workplace Problems

NYC: New Guidance On Gender Identity Employment Discrimination And Harassment

Yesterday, the NYC Commission on Human Rights published a broad, new enforcement guidance related to gender identity discrimination and harassment in, among other things, employment. This guidance is a must reading for employment attorneys and employers given the definitions and prohibited acts and conduct which may be new to many, and more comprehensive, and the…
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NYT: Case Study Of Workplace Racial Discrimination In The Construction Trades

Interesting article in today’s New York Times about Local 28 of the Sheet Metal Workers Union which “stands as a case study of how workplace discrimination has persisted in corners of the construction trades, according to federal officials, even as unions have become increasingly diverse.” Rachel Swarns’ article “New York Sheet Metal Workers Case Highlights…
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Southern Fried Henry’s Turkey? A Newly-Announced $5 Million Settlement On Behalf Of Vulnerable Workers

Recall the case of Henry’s Turkey – the company that exploited vulnerable intellectually challenged and disabled workers by, among many other things, paying them $65 a month to eviscerate turkeys? Well, a case has just been settled by the EEOC for $5,000,000, which I have dubbed the “Southern Fried Henry’s Turkey Case.” I wrote about “vulnerable…
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New Digital Platforms: Answer To Workplace Harassment?

Some interesting things have come out of the recent public meeting of the EEOC’s Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace (“STF”), where workplace experts testified. I found three points most compelling, one of which was novel to me. The EEOC was told that “new digital platforms may provide meaningful ways…
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EEOC's New Accommodation For Those Who Are Deaf

My last post a few days ago dealt with deafness and reasonable accommodation under the ADA. Coincidentally (and illustrating the fact that reasonable accommodations for those who are deaf do, in fact, exist), the EEOC just announced that it is “launching a new service that will enable individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing whose…
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Deafness And Reasonable Accommodation

A newly filed lawsuit gives me the opportunity to discuss — once again – the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), deafness as a disability, and the requirement of “reasonable accommodations.” What Is “Reasonable Accommodations?” The ADA provides that an employer has impermissibly discriminated against an employee claiming a disability where the employer has not made…
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“Better Decisions Come From Diversity”

Who would ever have thought that the title quote of this blog came from the mouth of a private equity CEO! In an article in today’s New York Times entitled “Pursuing Gender Equality as a Competitive Advantage,” written by Leslie Picker, she notes (quite correctly) that there has been a “sluggish grind toward gender equality…
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Are Workplace Anti-Bullying Laws Desirable?

Workplace bullying is a problem — a big problem.  For both employees and employers.  But neither the US nor any state has done anything about it. Back in July 2014, I did a post on my old blog about workplace bullying and whether there should be laws prohibiting it.  I said that “If you take out the…
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Vulnerable Workers Win Settlement Against Hamptons Employer

The EEOC has just announced another case settled involving “vulnerable” workers – right here in New York’s summer playground for the global super-wealthy. The settlement – for $582,000 – resolved a sexual harassment lawsuit by eight women against a commercial laundry service in the swanky Hamptons. In an October post, I noted that one of the…
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“Yes Virginia, There Is …”

In the spirit of the season, to paraphrase a nineteenth century newspaper quote which became a cultural maxim, “Yes Virginia, there is such a thing as ‘beauty bias.’” On November 9th I did a post which I entitled “Beauty Bias” Should Looks Be a Protected Category?” and gave a shout out to Julia Baird, the author…
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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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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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