“There are too many old men … and they should all retire”’

Yep, that was what allegedly was said to a former University of Pittsburgh business professor who sought to take tuition-covered coursework towards a doctoral degree.  At least that’s what he alleges in in a newly-filed federal Age Discrimination In Employment Act (“ADEA”) and state law complaint. 

As well as “the money invested to provide additional training and education would be […]

If You Had Any Doubt That The Workplace Is A Microcosm of Society …

As readers of this blog likely know, among other things that I publish whenever I hear about them are cases where a noose or the N-word are used in the workplace. If for no other reasons than to remind that evil still lurks in the hearts of (wo)men.…

Well, here’s another reminder – courtesy of WaPo. It seems that […]

70% Of NYS Women: Workplace Sexual Harassment Is a Problem (But “Hope for Reform Remains Strong”)

An article in the New York Law Journal reminds us that “the workplace sexual harassment crisis is not waning.”

It cites a poll from Sienna College which shows that almost half of all women in NYS have been victims of sexual harassment, and that 70% say that workplace sexual harassment is a problem.

However, reporter Amy […]

Providing Employee With Crohn’s Disease A Flexible Bathroom Break Schedule: “Time Theft” Or Reasonable Accommodation?

Being moved closer to a bathroom doesn’t sound like it’s too burdensome an accommodation to an employee suffering from Crohn’s Disease – a condition included in the Americans With Disabilities Act (“ADA”) Amendments of 2008 as a disability.

But an employee at an Amazon call center alleges in a new ADA lawsuit that the strict corporate […]

Sexual harassment avoidance training: “If anyone feels they know it all and don’t need this, think again”

Sexual harassment avoidance training is a must for all employers in New York – I mean, it is required by law! Amy and I have been doing these trainings for a long time, and now that it is mandatory we are getting really busy.

For those who scoff at the efficacy of these trainings, I wanted […]

“America has always had trouble with black hair”: NYC intends to change that

Last year I wrote in Above The Law about a great article in The New York Times, entitled “Why Are Black People Still Punished for Their Hair?” by Ría Tabacco Mar.  It had as a sub-heading: “Only black people are shamed when they choose to wear hairstyles consistent with their natural hair texture.”

She was told in […]

The 4th Circuit Says: Rumor Has It

By Amy Epstein Gluck

I am going to lay out the lede up front: last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit reversed the dismissal of a plaintiff’s hostile work environment claim based on sex-based rumors. It considered the claims to be rooted in unlawful sex stereotypes about women.

What Was This Case and […]

Diversity and Inclusion—BigLaw Partners “Classes”

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

Much has been said and written lately about BigLaw’s diversity, or lack thereof.

According to our friends at Above the Law, the number of women making partner at AmLaw 200 firm was at a 5-year low last year. One BigLaw firm, in particular, was excoriated in the media when they posted a photo of their […]