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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

You Have Too Many Children: If You Get Pregnant You’re Fired!

Yes, this is exactly what a California wholesale distributer of orchids told female employees at staff meetings, according to a new EEOC lawsuit. And more. The employees were also told “not to get pregnant, that they have too many children, and the next person to get pregnant should stay home and consider herself fired.” And,…
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From Farms To Swanky Resorts: EEOC Obtains Enormous Damages For Vulnerable Workers

In the employment discrimination field, we all know about the EEOC’s Strategic Enforcement Plan (“SEP”):  its announced set of priorities.  Seems that one company hit on quite a number of the EEOC’s priority points – sexual harassment, retaliation, and the abuse of vulnerable workers – in this case farmworkers. Enormous damages of $1.47 million was just awarded by a…
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Paternalism And Pregnant Employees: A Bad Idea

Pregnancy discrimination in employment is against the law.  This is true even if an employer claims to have the best interests of the employee in mind. This is, in fact, the classic example of paternalism – and employers must resist that notion.  It is illegal. To underscore this, the EEOC just sued a Florida corporation…
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I’m A F….ing Idiot To Let A Pregnant Girl Work Behind The Bar

Myth, fears and outdated paternalistic notions about pregnancy still top the charts for scrutiny by the EEOC. I have often cited the EEOC’s six national priorities set forth in its Strategic Enforcement Plan (“SEP”).   One such priority is “to address emerging and developing issues … including issues involving the ADA and pregnancy-related limitations.” In this regard,…
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Should Hope Solo Be Paid Less Than Clint Dempsey? (Is This Employment Discrimination?)

By: Amy Epstein Gluck Is she a less skilled soccer player? No. Is she “irrational?” No.  Heck no! When the U.S. women’s (winning) soccer team attempted to negotiate their pay and asked for raises so that their salaries approached that of the players on the U.S. men’s team, the U.S. Soccer Federation (“USSF”) called them…
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Vail Condo Pays $1 Million For Sexual Harassment Of Vulnerable Workers

The EEOC just announced an enormous settlement of $1,020,000 with a Vail, Colo. condo complex and its management company in a case of sexual harassment. Remember the “vulnerable workers” who are the easy targets for employment discrimination and harassment?  And who are one of the EEOC’s priorities under its Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP)? Recall the infamous Henry’s…
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Five Tips If You're Planning To Fire A Pregnant Employee, Especially One With A Disability

The EEOC has long declared in its Strategic Enforcement Plan (“SEP”) that issues “involving the intersection between the ADA and pregnancy-related limitations is one of [its] six national priorities.” And as we have frequently seen, going after a medical or health facility for violations of these laws is not only a priority but “low hanging fruit”…
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GINA: If You Are An Employer You Should Know About It

Not many of us have come across a GINA case in our discrimination practice.  At least not yet — the law is only 5+ years old. Nonetheless, the EEOC has included GINA as one of its enforcement priorities in its Strategic Enforcement Plan (“SEP”), and it has, in fact, litigated a (small) number of such…
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Don't Be Chained To “Fears, Biases or Stereotypes” Against People With Disabilities

The EEOC’s Strategic Enforcement Plan (“SEP”) has, as one of its six national priorities, the elimination of barriers in recruitment and hiring.  Lately, the EEOC has seemed to focus upon deafness as a barrier to hiring — or as a reason for termination. We saw recently that “fears, biases or stereotypes” against people with disabilities is at…
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Southern Fried Henry’s Turkey? A Newly-Announced $5 Million Settlement On Behalf Of Vulnerable Workers

Recall the case of Henry’s Turkey – the company that exploited vulnerable intellectually challenged and disabled workers by, among many other things, paying them $65 a month to eviscerate turkeys? Well, a case has just been settled by the EEOC for $5,000,000, which I have dubbed the “Southern Fried Henry’s Turkey Case.” I wrote about “vulnerable…
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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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