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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

Is There A Bright Line Between Salty Jokes And Compliments, And Sexual Harassment?

My new article in Above The Law discusses this very fraught workplace issue – which is not a hypothetical. It begins: “We all like to joke, tease, prank, and – face it – it sometimes gets a bit out of control, and the language gets a little ‘salty.’    All in good fun, in the right place…
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Sexual Jokes And Banter At The Water Cooler: Not Cool At All!

The title above is the title of my weekly article in Above The Law. It begins: “We all like to joke, tease, prank, and – face it – it sometimes gets a bit out of control, and the language gets a little ‘salty.’    All in good fun, in the right place and context. But not…
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Owner's "Shocking, Sexually Explicit Behavior": Company Must Pay $750,000

Employers should know that, from the top down, an anti-harassment tone and policy must be set. But what if the employer – the company owner – is the harasser? That’s what happened in a newly settled case. According to the EEOC, the owner of the company “sexually harassed female employees to a point where one worker was forced…
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Combatting Workplace Sexual Harassment: From the Top Down

By Richard Cohen The EEOC has long gone to bat for vulnerable workers, as readers of this blog know.  Indeed, it is one of the EEOC’s priorities set out in its Strategic Enforcement Plan (“SEP”). I have written that in the many cases brought by the EEOC, “The common thread is the vulnerability of these workers: where they are powerless,…
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Sexual Harassment: What We Think We Know

By: Amy Epstein Gluck In July, I wrote about (what I’ve labeled my WTF article) Gretchen Carlson’s sexual harassment lawsuit against Roger Ailes. Things have moved quickly since then. This past Friday, Circa interviewed me about various employment issues, including sexual harassment.  On a break from the interview, a young millennial male (I’m sure you’ve…
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Sexual Harassment Or “Just A Bit Of Banter”?

I read an interesting piece in the UK’s Personnel Today about the perils of seemingly innocent (or not) “sexual banter:” “How many times have we heard sexual harassment in the workplace dismissed as ‘just a bit of banter’? It may seem like a joke or even a compliment to those who have never experienced it…
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“It’s Not Becoming Of A Woman” – Lawyer Sanctioned For Sexist Comment

A significant development within the legal profession is the subject of this post, and it is even, arguably, within the expansive remit of “employment discrimination.” For those of us lucky (dumb?) enough to have practiced law to an old[er] age, the sight and sound of a judge condescending to a female lawyer, commenting leeringly on her looks or…
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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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