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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

Black Hair Was “Dreadful” – But New Laws Are Changing All That

In an ATL post in early 2018 I mentioned an article in The New York Times which said that “America has always had trouble with black hair,” and that “[t]he bias against black hair is as old as America itself. … [in the 18th century] British colonists classified African hair as closer to sheep wool…
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“America has always had trouble with black hair”: NYC intends to change that

Last year I wrote in Above The Law about a great article in The New York Times, entitled “Why Are Black People Still Punished for Their Hair?” by Ría Tabacco Mar.  It had as a sub-heading: “Only black people are shamed when they choose to wear hairstyles consistent with their natural hair texture.” She was told in…
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Corporate Appearance Policies Versus Religious Practices: A Delicate Legal Balance

An enormous new settlement of a religious discrimination case brought by the EEOC presents a perfect opportunity to reprise an old post with a new addition. Can an employer fire someone for wearing a veil or hijab? Or a turban? Having dreadlocks? Does a corporate policy on employee appearance trump religious dress or grooming requirements?…
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Religious discrimination cases are raising thorny legal issues

“Skirts, hair follicles, the flu, dreadlocks and the Mark of the Beast — say what?  Do these things have anything in common — and in an employment-law article?  They all involve employee religious beliefs or practices. We are in a period right now where religious discrimination cases are dominating headlines – indeed, where religious rights…
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Appearance Policies Versus Religious Practices: A Delicate Legal Balance

Since employment discrimination lawyers are seeing more and more religious discrimination cases being brought, it may be time, once again, to re-visit the subject. Can an employer fire someone for wearing a veil or hijab? Or a turban? Having dreadlocks? Growing sidelocks? Asking for time off on the Sabbath? Does a corporate policy on employee appearance…
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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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