About Amy Epstein Gluck

Amy Epstein Gluck is a partner in the Washington D.C. office of FisherBroyles, LLP, a national law firm. She has represented individuals and corporate clients in Virginia, Washington, D.C., and various federal district courts for more than twenty years. Ms. Epstein Gluck’s current practice areas include employment law—advising on and drafting employment agreements; handling employment negotiations, severance agreements, noncompete and nondisclosure agreements, “wrongful terminations” and other EEO matters; representation at the EEOC level; advising employers about discrimination laws and how to remain in compliance, and employment negotiations. Email Amy at Amy Gluck@fisherbroyles.com

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 […]

Another Fire Department Engulfed In Flames

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

Oy.

That’s what I thought when I read this article about a Cook County (Illinois) jury that awarded a combined $11,213,000 to a Country Club Hills firefighter in her claim against the city for sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation.

It seems like yesterday, but it was in fact last month that I told […]

Diversity and Inclusion: Best Response To Increased Sexual Harassment

By:  Amy Epstein Gluck

On Halloween, I intend to head down to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for a public meeting titled “Revamping Workplace Culture to Prevent Harassment” with EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum. I plan on adding my 2 cents.

Why? Well, I’ll tell you.

Earlier this month, the EEOC released preliminary data for this year reporting increases in sexual […]

Psst…did you know it was Disability Awareness Month?

By:  Amy Epstein Gluck

Well, it is! And, in honor of that, I bring you a new law affecting most New York City employers, at least those with more than four employees. The law applies to all of your employees, whether full- or part-time, interns (paid or unpaid), temps, and protects more NYC employees than those […]

LGBTQ Circuit Split, Meet the Religious Exemption

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

Late last week, a 1000-member church group in Texas sued the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency that enforces Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), the federal anti-discrimination law.

This group alleges that—despite the absence of a prohibition of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender […]

It’s Sexual Harassment Prevention Day in New York!

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

Today is the day for New York employers! What day, you might ask? Well, today New York’s brand spankin’ new sexual harassment laws become effective.

Will there be a parade down 6th Avenue and 34th Street? I think not.

In fact, I expect there will be relatively little fanfare as New York businesses have […]

EEOC: Same-Sex and Race-Based Harassment is Not OK.

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

The “n word” has surfaced in yet another lawsuit based on racial harassment.

Also present is a type of “boys club” culture consisting of sex-based horseplay and other misconduct.

The result?

Last week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit against one company for both race and sex-based harassment, claiming that employees’ conduct created […]

Let My People Go! Or, Another Blow To Noncompetes

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

As an employment lawyer for organizations large and small, I hear this common refrain: “I need an ironclad noncompete that stops my employees from running away with my business.”

Not so fast!

But why? This seems reasonable, right?

Well…it depends. I know, you hear that a lot from lawyers. There are other interesting restrictive covenants […]

Double Standards and Sex Stereotypes? Just ask Serena Williams.

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

Settle in people, and grab some coffee because I have a lot to say today about Saturday’s Grand Slam between the legendary Serena Williams and upcoming powerhouse Naomi Osaka.

Before you ask, “But, Amy, what does this have to do with employment and the workplace?”

The tennis court is Serena Williams’ workplace. It’s her […]