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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

A Noose In The Workplace? Still?

Even in the midst of a great societal upheaval regarding racial discrimination and harassment, cases of workplace harassment continue unabated.  I guess it is unsurprising, albeit unfortunate, given that the workplace is riven with the same issues as society at large, and, indeed, is simply a microcosm of society at large. I’ve written so much…
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A Harasser for All Seasons

Now here’s a manager who seemingly has no issue with harassing women, African Americans and foreign-born employees. And now the company, an Ithaca, N.Y. manufacturer, is settling the EEOC’s case which alleged sex, race and national origin discrimination, for $93,000. Nothing seemed beneath him: as the EEOC claimed, a noose for the only black employee (a…
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No "N-Word," But A Noose: Brevity Is The Soul Of Witlessness

Two racial harassment cases were just settled by the EEOC and the only thing of real note to me is that the N-word apparently was not used.  This is an exception in these cases, of course. Racial animus still rears its ugly head in the workplace, as these cases evidence.   I try to post about every…
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One More “N-word” Case Settles

A Long Island location of what is touted as the “country’s largest casual Mexican restaurant chain,” has just settled an EEOC racial harassment lawsuit which, as usual, alleged that the N-word was used.   Apparently, an African-American chef at the restaurant: “was subjected to frequent verbal harassment and offensive language by co-workers. The harassment included…
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“Stupid Ass N *****" — Noooo, Not Enough To Be Considered Racial Harassment

Some time ago I analyzed court cases regarding the use of the N-word and nooses in workplace racial harassment cases.  I found in my (admittedly small, but not that small) sample, that either the N-word, a nooses, or both, were used in the vast majority of such cases. Since the federal standard for hostile workplace is…
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If You Read This Blog You Can Probably Make A Good Guess As To What the Racial Epithet Was

The EEOC just sued a large health organization for alleged racial harassment and retaliation against African American employees in its California facility, contending that “such harassment was perpetrated by co-workers, supervisors, and managers, and included daily use of racial epithets, degrading racial comments and racially derogatory graffiti.” The EEOC, uncharacteristically, did not say what the racial epithets…
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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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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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"We will hang you. We will seriously lynch you" – and other heartwarming workplace stories

In my recent Above The Law post I asked, as the title: “Wanna Know What B * * * * *s, Black Beans and King Kong have in Common?” I started by saying that if you answered “nothing,” you would be … wrong. But if you answered that these are slurs used in the American workplace like…
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“Get Out – We’re Having a Klan Meeting!”

Seems that I almost can’t keep up with the number of racial harassment cases in the news these days. I just did a post about nooses and the N-word … and now a new one with similar – but more – epithets and threats. The EEOC just announced that it sued an Arizona moving company…
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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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