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

Up In The Air—To Address Sexual Harassment, Follow Your Procedures

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

So, I’m on a Southwest flight to New Orleans (woohoo!!) to hang out with my FisherBroyles partners for a few days. I am psyched!

Being me, on the flight, I started chatting with the flight attendant about her job and ask her about her experiences with sexual harassment in her workplace, which, being thousands […]

HR: Do Not Delay When Designating Leave Under the FMLA

By Amy Epstein Gluck

As readers of this blog know, I don’t wade into FMLA territory. I leave that for my employment law partner Eric Meyer or to FMLA guru, Jeff Nowak at FMLA Insights. However, a wonderful bout of insomnia early this morning has me on the computer and my third cup of coffee by 7 a.m.! […]

Job Applicants and the ADA

By Amy Epstein Gluck

Does the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) apply to job applicants as well as employees? Yes, indeed!

One employer, an international customer service support provider for electronic devices in Nashville, Tennessee, just learned this lesson as it paid up $50K in a settlement with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for rejecting a paraplegic job […]

Accusations of “Institutionalized Gender Discrimination” Dominate Women’s Professional Soccer

By Amy Epstein Gluck

Last week, the entire U.S. women’s soccer team filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles against the United States Soccer Federation alleging unequal pay, practice time, medical treatment, and other benefits and accusing it of “institutionalized gender discrimination.”

The date of the lawsuit: International Women’s Day.

Sound familiar?

It should. Back in 2016, […]

Opposition and Retaliation—Key Components of Laws Like Title VII and the ADA

By Amy Epstein Gluck

Yesterday, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency that enforces the federal anti-discrimination and anti-harassment laws, sued a Maryland-based employer for terminating a director because she spoke out against what she believed was disability discrimination perpetuated against her subordinate employee.

The director complained to the HR Department of her company, which […]

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 […]

Who’s The “Boss”?

By Amy Epstein Gluck

No, not Tony Danza or even Judith Light (yes, I was a teenager in the 80s), but New York. The New York Senate passed a trio of bills yesterday to protect women’s health rights, in general, and female employees’ rights in particular.

The Boss Bill—What It Says

The “Boss Bill”  prohibits an employer’s religious […]

You Should Dress More Gender Appropriate

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is taking on Chili’s. No, it’s not because a server added to salt to a margarita when a customer specifically asked for no salt (this happens to me a lot), and it’s not because there were not enough jalapeños on the nachos.

Rather, the ACLU recently filed […]

The City That Never Sleeps—The “Right” To Unplug

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

As we’ve seen, especially in the past year or so, New York City and State have some of the most employee-friendly laws in the country. Well, a new one may be on the horizon for NYC workers that will be particularly life-changing for the City’s workaholics and the employers that help create them: the […]