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

FisherBroyles Employment Law Blog

Helping Employers Implement Efficient and Equitable Solutions to their Workplace Problems

SCOTUS: Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation or Transgender Status is Sex Discrimination And Violates Federal Law

By: Amy Epstein Gluck An employer who fires or takes an adverse action against an individual merely for being gay or transgender violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”). So said the Supreme Court of the United States (“SCOTUS”) on June 15, 2020, a little more than eight months after…
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You Were Genetically Built To Work Like A Dog, KaBobby!

Here’s one last post for the old year, may it rest in peace.  And it’s a doozy.* (Apology upfront: the employee at issue was allegedly told that he was “genetically built” to work two jobs because of his national origin, not to work like a dog. I took a little poetic license because it sounded…
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Fired For Having A Brain Tumor Or A Seizure, Or Mocked For Being Disabled – Why Does This Happen?

Human nature is sometimes an inscrutable thing. Why do some people – adults! – find it necessary to harass those with disabilities? Is it simple bullying? Or maybe a fear-based projection or displacement or some other defense mechanism? And why treat adversely – like firing – someone who comes forward and says he has a…
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Uber and the EEOC Settle Their Differences

By: Amy Epstein Gluck Way back when, i.e., in February 2017 and pre-#Metoo, an Uber employee published an online (i.e., very public) expose of what she considered to be a toxic culture at Uber and management’s failure to do anything about it—especially when alleged sexual harassment involved a rainmaker. I wrote about it here and…
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A Recipe For Sexual Harassment Liability

By: Amy Epstein Gluck I used to cook most nights for my family. But several years ago, my husband took over. He has become a master chef in the last few years, and the kitchen has become his domain. He has a smoker, he has a grill, he has utensils the names of which I do…
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News Flash—Simulating Sex Acts In The Workplace May Lead To Liability

By: Amy Epstein Gluck  I’ve been grappling recently with various scenarios I consider to be “grey areas” as to the presence of a hostile work environment. A somewhat creepy message. Asking out an intern alone. Showing vacation photos while on the beach without a shirt. Taken together, the conduct might rise to the level of “pervasive,”…
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Can I require my employees to get a flu shot?

By: Amy Epstein Gluck It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Are you singing that ditty on your way to work? No? Well, it’s not holiday time, but it is the start of flu season yet again. This is on my mind because I got a flu shot late yesterday afternoon, felt like crap, and…
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How To Prevent Sexual Harassment In Your Restaurants, Bars, and Stores

By: Amy Epstein Gluck As we continue to counsel clients large and small about how to prevent sexual harassment in this #MeToo era, I recently read about this project, “Not on the Menu,” the brain child of one restaurant owner and her staff during a problem-solving meeting after a customer put his hand up one…
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Offsite Is Not Off Limits: Case Study on the Consequences of Failing to Address Culture and Claims Of Harassment

By: Amy Epstein Gluck Earlier, I came across this story (hello, insomnia) about one company (not our client!) who did not take the steps we have recommended in our blog to prevent harassment and retaliation, and is now being excoriated for it in the press. This Buzzfeed article on the problems one tech start-up presents a…
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A Steak, Medium-Rare, With Sides of Sexual Harassment and Retaliation

By: Amy Epstein Gluck I read yesterday that two current lawsuits claim that a celebrated steakhouse sustains a culture of sexual harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. In one of the two cases, a female server alleged that a regular customer grabbed her from behind and “placed his hand beneath her crotch and in between her thighs”…
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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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