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 to Airline—When You Receive a Sexual Harassment Complaint, Do Something About It!

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

People: the best drafted, airtight, protective anti-harassment policies in your workplace are no good at all if you do not enforce them.

It is simply insufficient to profess that you do not tolerate sexual harassment.

When an alleged victim of sexual harassment complains to you (“you,” as in the employer, the supervisor, the Human […]

A Federal Jury Sends a Message in the #MeToo Era

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

#MeToo is real.

That is, #MeToo as a movement or an era or even a concept applies to real people of all backgrounds, to blue collar as well as white collar workers. One thing I know for sure—no one sets out desiring to be in the #MeToo club. In fact, I’d venture to […]

Race Discrimination Based on More Than Color—“Jewish Blood”

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

So this Report and Recommendation, out of the District Court for the Western District of Louisiana (Alexandria Division), graced my screen today. The question U.S. Magistrate Mark L. Hornsby faced was whether federal anti-discrimination law’s prohibition of racial discrimination protects a job applicant who does not get the job because of his […]

Oklahoma!

By:  Amy Epstein Gluck

No, I’m not talking about the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical and then film where girl chooses between two boys. I’m talking about marijuana. Medical marijuana.

Oklahoma recently became the latest state to enact a medical marijuana law. The relevance from an employment law standpoint is that employers can no longer take an adverse […]

Checking In With BigLaw and Equal Pay

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

During the last couple of years, we have explored the twin issues of sex discrimination and gender pay disparities. We have examined it in the arenas of professional sports, universities, restaurants, Silicon Valley, and several different types of workplaces…including law firms.

We’ve explained that true parity in the workplace can raise productivity and efficiency, […]

Racial Harassment—A Case Study On “Severe or Pervasive”

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

Use of the “n-word” in the workplace seems to be continuing, unabated.

You guys are not going to believe this scenario alleged in a lawsuit filed this week. The allegations are…appalling.

As reported by WaPo here, last year a black employee worked as a warehouse specialist for an energy company in Sacramento, California. The […]

Employers, Do You Need To Accommodate An Employee’s Use of Medical Marijuana?

By:  Amy Epstein Gluck

Maybe. But maybe the question is not whether you need to but whether you should, given the way the judicial winds have been blowing.

We have long been blogging about the Americans with Disabilities Act’s (“ADA”) requirements that employers (with more than 15 employees) must provide a reasonable accommodation to a qualified employee with a […]

Medical Marijuana and the Workplace—What Employers Want to Know

By:  Amy Epstein Gluck

So, a couple of weeks ago, I spoke at the Cannabis Law Summit about marijuana in the workplace to a room full of industry experts.

I did so for two reasons:

First, business owners, CEOs, and HR departments are asking about how they should contend with employees who take medical marijuana in states where […]

Fired Up About Retaliation

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

Your Memorial Day post is here!

On behalf of two battalion chiefs in one Northern Virginia Fire and Rescue Department, the ACLU filed charges of discrimination this week with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) alleging that the department retaliated against them after they pushed the Department to discipline an employee who had […]

Reminder—Destigmatization of Mental Illness In The Workplace

By:  Amy Epstein Gluck

There is a lot of talk these days about diversity and inclusion. And about accommodating those with disabilities. Remember: providing accommodations applies to employees with mental impairments too.

Recently, the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency that enforces the anti-discrimination laws, has reminded employers about the significance of building a […]