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

FisherBroyles Employment Law Blog

Helping Employers Implement Efficient and Equitable Solutions to their Workplace Problems

Weight Anti-Discrimination Law?

There may be a new law in Massachusetts – similar to the one in Michigan, it would prohibit discrimination in employment on the basis of height and weight – creating new protected classes. Is this necessary? You bet. As I just posted this week, “beauty bias” and “lookism” in employment create drastic pay disparities and…
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Fat Shaming In The Workplace

 My new post in Above The Law is entitled Fat Shaming In The Workplace: Is Calling Someone A “Big Bottomed Girl” Actionable? It begins: “Multiple choice question:  Being “fat” is (a) a medical condition, (b) genetic, (c) a lifestyle choice, or (d) your own lack of discipline. “Who isn’t concerned about their weight?  Or, to…
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Pretty People Always Win -Beauty Bias In The Workplace

My new Above The Law article “Pretty People Always Win,” begins: “Don’t think that your looks affect your job prospects, huh? Merit is all that counts – and you’ve got that covered, right? So why, then, did Mr. and Ms. America get those great jobs – and not you? Could it be … ‘beauty bias?’”…
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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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“Beauty Bias” – Should Looks Be A Protected Category?

I thought about “beauty bias” or “lookism” this morning, topics which I have written a lot about with respect to employment discrimination, when I read a thought provoking essay in the New York Times today entitled “Being Dishonest About Ugliness.” Julia Baird writes that “Adults often tangle themselves in knots when discussing physical appearance with children.…
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Is Weight Bias A Valid Employment Discrimination Claim?

Should weight be a protected class? How about looks?  Is there a bias in the workplace against people who are “overweight?” A newly-filed lawsuit presents us the opportunity to discuss the issue of weight discrimination.  Only one state – Michigan – outlaws weight discrimination in employment (as do a small number of municipalities). According to CBS/Detroit, a…
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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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