Tech Startups: Digital Sweatshops With Snacks?

My article this week in Above The Law is entitled “Tech Startups: ‘Digital Sweatshops With Snacks?’”

It involves a question asked by a “new” hiring supervisor at a tech startup as to whether it is illegal for her to follow an order from above to “exclude candidates of a certain age” (i.e., over 40), because “our […]

Workplace Gender Disparity: Perceptions Are Not Always Reality

“To be a woman in the United States is to feel unequal, despite great strides in gender equality, according to a wide-ranging poll about gender in postelection America released Tuesday. It’s catcalls on the street, disrespect at work, and unbalanced responsibilities at home.” (New York Times, 1/17/17).

In spite of this, studies show a stark disconnect […]

Sexual Harassment: Israel’s Walter Cronkite And A New Israeli Religious Ruling

Interesting employment discrimination news from Israel under the heading “the times they are a changing.”

First, it has been reported that the 83-year old retired newscaster known as “Israel’s Walter Cronkite” is the subject of multiple accusations of sexually harassment by female employees after he said during a newspaper interview that:

“Once there was a much freer […]

10 Employment Law Tips For Small-Firm Lawyers

My new Above The Law article begins:

“No one ever said it would be easy. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. You must be in it to win it. No pain no gain. Blah, blah, blah.

Lawyers are exhorted by all manner of pithy aphorisms and wise quotes, from law school to… whenever. But when it comes […]

I Better Watch My Wallet Around You: Pay $30,000 And Do Not Pass Go

A settlement of a racial harassment case brought by the EEOC under Title VII provides us with the opportunity for three takeaways today.

The EEOC had alleged that an Illinois bakery “fail to respond adequately” when a black employee made complaints of such harassment – that he suffered from co-workers’ “pervasive pattern of disparaging racial comments,” such […]

Coming Soon: NEW EEOC Harassment Guidance

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

Yesterday, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency that enforces our country’s federal anti-discrimination laws, released for public input a proposed enforcement guidance addressing unlawful harassment. You can read the 75-page proposed guidance document at and provide comments to the EEOC until February 9, 2017.

The last guidance documents promulgated […]

The Danger for Employers of Third Party Discrimination or Harassment

By Amy Epstein Gluck

As Rich aptly noted at the close of 2016, more than 50 years after the Civil Rights Acts were passed, racism continues in the society at large, and in the workplace in particular.

Case in point: this past weekend, Kelly Carter, a waitress in Ashburn, Virginia, discovered this receipt after a customer left:
great […]

Ten Employment Law Tips For A Healthy Lifestyle

Excerpt from my recent “Above The Law” article:

“We all yearn to live a healthy lifestyle, and are exhorted to do by just about everyone.  The payoff?  A svelte body, a beautiful yoga pose which is the envy of all, an increase in social status which differentiates you from the Cheetoh-eating masses (this is, of course, […]

“We Can Now Join The Rest Of Canada”

The province of Alberta has been a long-time loner in Canada when it comes to age discrimination.  But that has now changed.

The title of this post is a quote from an Alberta, Canada lawyer/advocate who successfully petitioned to include age as a protected class under the Alberta Human Rights Act – after a hearing in Edmonton Court of […]

Virginia Is For ALL Lovers, Including LGBTQ

By:  Amy Epstein Gluck
Hello Dulles Technology Corridor, there are some new employment requirements in town for you businesses that work with the state government.

Today, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order requiring all future state contractors with the Executive Branch to agree to a non-discrimination policy specifically based on sexual orientation and gender identity. […]