What’s All The Fuss? SCOTUS (Finally) Considers Whether Adverse Decisions Against LGBT Employees Constitute Sex Discrimination In Violation of Title VII

By:  Amy Epstein Gluck

With this post, I join the multitude of bloggers writing about the historical announcement yesterday that the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) will hear and decide a series of cases this fall to determine whether the federal law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of “sex,” Title VII of the Civil Rights […]

Failing To Provide Accommodations for Mental Health Issues Comes At A Price

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

Employers must catch on: mental illness is prevalent in our workplaces.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), approximately 1 in 5 adults —43.8 million, or 18.5%—experiences mental illness in a given year, and of those adults, about 1 in 25 adults in the U.S.—9.8 million, or 4.0%—experiences a serious mental illness in a […]

What’s Wrong With These Health Care Folks? Haven’t They Heard of the ADA?

Ok, these cases are becoming so frequent that it’s now about time to start a new blog called “Health Care Providers and The Americans With Disabilities Act.”  The ADA.

What am I talking about?

The EEOC’s seemingly insatiable targeting of health care providers for alleged violations of the ADA.  See my numerous posts, as recently as last week.

I […]

Iron Throne or Boardroom—Leadership Matters

By:  Amy Epstein Gluck

Who will rule Westeros? Or, in employment-speak, who will become the CEO of Westeros?

So, I love Game of Thrones. I really love it, and the last two years have been kind of brutal waiting for the start of the very last season.

But it’s here, and it’s tonight. TONIGHT.

And this got me thinking, if […]

Sex Stereotyping, Transgender Status, and a Settlement with the EEOC

By:  Amy Epstein Gluck

Sex stereotyping is a form of sex discrimination.

Sex discrimination violates the law.

That is all.

Kidding!

But, really, this cannot be emphasized enough. One tire company learned this the hard way, i.e., expensively.

What happened? Well, the plaintiff, a person named Woodward, applied for a position at one of the tire company’s Colorado locations. Allegedly, a manager […]

It Should Now Be Clear: “Playful” Sexual Harassment And Abuse Is Actionable

In case you needed a reminder or a heads up: a $150,000 settlement is pretty good support for the proposition that “he was just being playful” is not an adequate response to a sexual harassment complaint.

It was alleged by the EEOC that a supervisor at a Bronx location of a nationwide provider of housing […]

Weight Anti-Discrimination Law?

There may be a new law in Massachusetts – similar to the one in Michigan, it would prohibit discrimination in employment on the basis of height and weight – creating new protected classes.

Is this necessary?

You bet.

As I just posted this week, “beauty bias” and “lookism” in employment create drastic pay disparities and discourage equality in […]

Allegations of Sex Discrimination and Unequal Pay—It’s A Small World After All?

By Amy Epstein Gluck

It’s a world of laughter, a world of tears, it’s a world of hope and a world of fears….

Sound familiar?

That’s right! It’s the Small World ride at Disney!

This refrain ran through my head as I read about a new lawsuit filed earlier this week against the Walt Disney Company (“Disney”) in Los Angeles County […]

Reminder To ALL New York Employers – Training To Prevent Sexual Harassment Is Mandatory – Now!

The EEOC just sued a Chili’s restaurant in Colorado alleging that “the restaurant’s managing partner and assistant manager subjected female servers and hostesses to sexual harassment, including pervasive sexual comments and innuendo.”

Moreover, it is alleged that “the restaurant failed to take preventative or corrective action when employees complained about the harassment and that some […]

“Foreign and Chinese Beauties and Hunks” – OK For Job Ads?

Maybe in China. Or even in the US.

Both countries prohibit job discrimination based on gender and age, but not, as we shall see, based on looks or beauty per se. So, is a job ad for software engineers which boasts of employing “foreign and Chinese beauties and hunks” discriminatory?

Or an ad which states that applicants […]