Breaking News Just In From “Corporate Counsel”:

News just breaking from “Corporate Counsel”:  (Originally reported in the National Law Journal)

Headline: Young Scholar, Now Lawyer, Says Clarence Thomas Groped Her in 1999

 

Although these allegations were denied by Justice Thomas’s office, Corporate Counsel has reported that:

“The anticipation of meeting a U.S. Supreme Court justice for the first time turned to shock and distress for a […]

Older Women Have it Rough!

By:  Amy Epstein Gluck

Let me tell you, it’s tough being a woman over 40. Not only do you have to have to contend with being called “ma’am” as if you were a dowager, but older women in the workplace face potential violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) and […]

Must Hospital Accommodate Carpet-Allergic Employee?

A new federal ADA suit in Connecticut alleges that a hospital employee “began smelling strange odors emanating from the ventilation system in 2009.  The odors caused to fall ill with symptoms that included swelling and redness in her eyes and nose, headaches, vertigo, nausea, a burning sensation in her lungs and throat, and difficulty breathing.”

What is […]

Combating “Bro-priating”—Amplification, and It Works!

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

Last month, I wrote about a WaPo article about a tool that female presidential staffers implemented in the Oval Office called “amplification.”

Juliet Eilperin reported on the meeting strategy employed by the women: “hen a woman made a key point, other women would repeat it, giving credit to its author. This forced the men […]

One More Step Towards Sexual Orientation As A Protected Class

The EEOC just announced a “conciliation” agreement with a hospital in West Virginia for $8,900.  That is, a voluntary settlement through the EEOC’s conciliation process.

So why is this news?

Well, it seems that an employee alleged “that she was denied spousal medical benefits for the sole reason that she is a female married to another female.”  […]

BigLaw = GargantuLaw, A Bloated Behemoth!

As an escapee from BigLaw, I experienced first hand the grinding machine that it is.  Not for nothing is it known to its unhappy denizens as a law factory.   

And boy — does it have a voracious appetite; it can consume a client’s budget with one large bite!

But as we shall see, the factory is crumbling, as BigLaw grows ever […]

Will Sexual Orientation Become A Protected Class Under Title VII?

Because the issue is so significant, I want to encourage readers to check out the post my partner Amy Epstein Gluck published the other day on sexual orientation.

It may happen that sexual orientation will become a protected class — perhaps the last piece of the puzzle that is gender/identity/orientation under Title VII.

To be brief, because she […]

Sexual Harassment—An Epidemic?

By:  Amy Epstein Gluck

The upcoming TIME headline reads: “Gretchen Carlson wants to change the way women fight sexual harassment.” You can see the cover here. That’s exciting, and we can’t wait to see what she comes up with. Thanks to Circa for giving me a heads up.

An Epidemic?

TIME states: “Carlson gives an exclusive, wide-ranging interview […]

Nasty Women—Not in the Workplace, Please

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

“These nasty women have got to go!”

“Who put her in charge?”

“Honey, don’t interrupt.”

“What a bitch!”

We really see it all in the workplace.

But you know what nasty women do? They file charges of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), the federal agency in charge of enforcing the anti-discrimination law Title VII of […]

The EEOC Just Updated The Strategic Enforcement Plan

I have talked often about the EEOC’s Strategic Enforcement Plan (“SEP”) when discussing cases filed by the EEOC.  The SEP sets forth areas of particular enforcement interest to the EEOC.

The EEOC just approved an updated Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP) for Fiscal Years 2017-2021, which
continues to set forth the EEOC’s priorities but “with some modifications.”

Employers take note:  The “updated” priorities […]