Employers, Do You Have “Meaningful Measures” In Place to Combat Disability Discrimination? #ADA

By:  Amy Epstein Gluck

What’s not a good idea? Terminating an employee who requests a reasonable accommodation. Or failing to even discuss said accommodation.

One employer found this out the hard way.

Yesterday, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency that enforces the federal anti-discrimination laws including the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), announced a $125,000 […]

Heart Attacks, Hair On Fire and… Santa?

A new study on the dire health effects of workplace bullying and violence has been reverberating worldwide and, perhaps … maybe … possibly, might open the door to the possibility for the enactment, or at least serious discussion, of workplace anti-bullying legislation, which has been effectively stalled in the US.

I wrote about this, and more, […]

When Does Title VII Protect “Perceived As” Claims Based On Race?

By:  Amy Epstein Gluck

An interesting question, says the law geek, as I read about a British theater director who self-identified as Black. Now, he, the son of two white Irish parents, was actually not Black. However, people often assumed this dude was mixed race due to his hair and facial structure. He was “perceived as” […]

Don’t Cry: You Can’t Peel An Onion But You Won Your Case!

This disability discrimination case arises from Northern Ireland – but the principle is applicable here in the US.

Seems that a woman developed glaucoma and chronic uveitis when a teenager, and at 23 she lost all left eye vison. Significantly, she experienced terrible pain when she peeled fresh onions.

And that’s what the problem was.

She worked since 2012 […]

“We will hang you. We will seriously lynch you” – and other heartwarming workplace stories

In my recent Above The Law post I asked, as the title: “Wanna Know What B * * * * *s, Black Beans and King Kong have in Common?”

I started by saying that if you answered “nothing,” you would be … wrong.

But if you answered that these are slurs used in the American workplace like the oft-used […]

You Cannot Wear A Skirt! Revisiting Workplace Religious Discrimination

The newly-announced settlement of a religious discrimination lawsuit brought by the EEOC gives us the opportunity to revisit workplace religious discrimination – a hot topic these days.

“Georgia Blue,” a Mississippi restaurant, had a dress code requiring servers to wear blue jean pants.  A newly-hired Apostolic Pentecostal employee, whose religious belief requires women to wear only skirts […]

EEOC Quantifies Workplace Discrimination and Harassment Claims for 2018…So Far.

By:  Amy Epstein Gluck
Remember I just told you here that workplace harassment claims increased markedly in the last year? Well, some financial data is in.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that it obtained approximately $505 million for nearly 68,000 victims of discrimination in the workplace, broken down as follows:

$354 million through mediation, conciliation, and settlements;
$53.5 million […]

A “Watershed Moment”: EEOC Roadmap To Preventing Sexual Harassment and Other Forms of Harassment

By:  Amy Epstein Gluck

About a week ago, I told you here that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency that enforces the federal anti-discrimination and anti-harassment laws, would host a public meeting titled “Revamping Workplace Culture to Prevent Harassment” in Washington, D.C. on October 31.

Lest you worry that I forgot to update you, I did […]

Which companies tolerate GCs who sexually harass?

A headline in the New York Law Journal this week puzzled me.  It read: “Most Companies Don’t Tolerate GCs Who Sexually Harass, Experts Say.”

For sure, employers should not tolerate workplace sexual harassment, from anyone, especially GCs – as I teach in my harassment training sessions, “top down” behavior is reflected in general workplace behavior, and harassment […]