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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

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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“'The Weinstein Effect'” on Holiday Parties—No Booze? What A Snooze!

By: Amy Epstein Gluck Human Resources Departments are wringing their proverbial hands this month about the company holiday party. Open bar? No bar? Drinks tickets? Like, 2 per person. No party at all? What to do, what to do. In this article, WaPo features reporter Lavanya Ramanathan writes about these considerations that companies, particularly their…
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Employer Update: Minimizing Gender Bias and Eradicating Sexual Harassment

By Amy Epstein Gluck So how do we even attempt to clear up this mess in the workplace, the “bro clubs,” and other “hotbeds” of sexual harassment saturating the media recently, and which we talked about here? Behaviors need to change—ok, there’s no doubt about that. You can consider some recent lists—treat the women you…
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Workplace Bullies: They Do It Because You Are A Threat To Them

I discuss workplace bullies in my latest Above The Law article, Why Do Bully Bosses Bully Their Stars – And Redheads? It begins: “Where do workplace bullies come from? Simple – from bully kids. “What happens to bullies when they grow up? One would hope these mean girls and guys would stop their antics, but…
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Coming Soon: NEW EEOC Harassment Guidance

By: Amy Epstein Gluck Yesterday, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency that enforces our country’s federal anti-discrimination laws, released for public input a proposed enforcement guidance addressing unlawful harassment. You can read the 75-page proposed guidance document at https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=EEOC-2016-0009 and provide comments to the EEOC until February 9, 2017. The last guidance…
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Founder Of Anti-Abuse Charity Liable For Egregious Harassment Of Employee

By Richard Cohen, FisherBroyles Partner September 26, 2016 — Sometimes a story is so unbelievable (and horrific) that you do a double take and re-read it to see if you read it right the first time. The founder of a charity whose goal is to prevent abuse of vulnerable members of Scotland’s ethnic communities was…
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"That's So 'Retarded!'" Stop Stigmatizing Those with Mental Impairments

By:  Amy Epstein Gluck “Ugh, why do you hang out with her?  She’s mental.” “Stop being psycho!” “You’re crazy!” Such language was ubiquitous in the 70’s and 80’s growing up in South Florida. I didn’t think anything of it.  Someone did something dumb or forgetful, it was “retarded.”  A display of high emotion from parents,…
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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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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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What Is A “Vulnerable” Worker? The EEOC Has The Answer For Employers

Protecting “vulnerable” workers is an EEOC priority.  An EEOC press release stated that “Combating discrimination against agricultural workers falls within one of the priorities under the EEOC’s Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP): protecting immigrant, migrant and other vulnerable workers.” Workers are “vulnerable” to discrimination and harassment for many reasons and in many situation, mostly evidenced by their…
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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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