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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

Nooses and Racial Slurs Increase In Workplaces: New SF Incident Reported

It didn’t take long since my last post, and Amy’s – last week – for another workplace incident involving nooses to be reported. Today’s New York Times reports that three African-American construction workers in San Francisco claim that they were subjected to “racial slurs and death threats, including black dolls hanging from nooses in the…
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Nooses And the N-Word At Work: Same As It Ever Was

It has been awhile since I posted about nooses and the N-word at work — “It is extraordinary,” I wrote some years ago, “that the ‘N-word’ and the noose keep reappearing in lawsuits claiming a racially harassing workplace.”  And that “More than 50 years after the Civil Rights Acts were passed, racism continues in the society…
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Racial Harassment: EEOC Files Many More Cases

Just four days ago – only four days ago! – I posted that “It was just last month – August – that I posted my most recent article about the use of the N-word and nooses in the workplace.” Well – in the last four days three more such cases have been filed by the…
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Threats Of Hanging In The Workplace?

It was just last month – August – that I posted my most recent article about the use of the N-word and nooses in the workplace.  In Above the Law I noted that: “Unfortunately, recent events make it time to revisit the N-word in the workplace — which I wrote about only last month. At that…
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KKK hoods are becoming popular again these days

I just posted an article in Above the Law in which I noted that: “Unfortunately, recent events make it time to revisit the N-word in the workplace — which I wrote about only last month. At that time, I called it “progress” that a federal appeals court had found that a single use of the N-word…
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The N-Word: How Many Uses Are “Severe” Enough To Create A Hostile Work Place?

In answer to the title question, I would have to say “not clear” – but likely more than one. Courts, thankfully, are virtually unanimous in condemning such things.  Unfortunately, they are not so unanimous in their decisions.  Most courts have held that such racial slurs and tropes must occur more than once to make out a…
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How Many Swastikas Sprayed On The Locker Of An Auschwitz Survivor Constitutes Hostile Work Environment

“If you were a (rare) survivor of the Auschwitz death camp, would one swastika spray painted in your workplace be enough to create a hostile environment for you? Or one “Hitler” scrawled on your work locker? No? How about two? OK — how many, then? These may be hypotheticals, but the underlying issue is all too real for people…
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Another Workplace Noose And KKK Hood Case

After an investigation, the EEOC found that there was reasonable cause to believe that Title VII was violated by a Minnesota company. The charge?  Racial harassment. The facts?  The company allegedly subjected black and Hispanic employees to “severe racial harassment, [which] included a noose, a Ku Klux Klan hood and racist epithets and jokes. Despite complaints by employees…
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Brutal Physical Assault And Racial Slurs = $325,000 Settlement

Physical attack?  Racial slurs such as the N-word? Another horrendous case of workplace racial harassment. Many times in the last decade I have chronicled such cases, especially where racial slurs such as the “N-word” are used, or nooses are placed in the workplace.  These extreme cases seemed to have abated somewhat in the last couple…
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KKK Hoods In The Workplace: 1996 And Now

Some folks have great memories, others cannot forget certain events. Recall that I wrote last week about a lawsuit filed by the EEOC which alleges that a black employee at a Texas company “reported that his coworkers had used a white hood – evocative of the type used by the Ku Klux Klan – to intimidate, ridicule…
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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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