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

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 […]

The Missing Link? NO! The Causal Link Needed to Prove Pretext of Discrimination

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

Here’s an interesting decision for employers that caught my eye this morning, which illustrates a significant aspect of employment discrimination litigation—there must be a nexus, a link, nay a causal link between the alleged discrimination and the adverse decision.

Facts of One Case Discussing this Causal Link

An employer, a battery manufacturing plant, terminated […]

What Classic Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment Looks Like

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

Of the types of sexual harassment, the one we see far less of is quid pro quo harassment. Why? Because it’s SO OBVIOUSLY wrong that most perpetrators (predators?) know it is unlawful.

Case in point:

One franchisee just settled a 2015 sexual harassment lawsuit for $80,000 after a former general manager (GM) solicited sex […]

Avoiding Dinners With Female Colleagues May Not Be the Answer to Avoiding Lawsuits

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

Fear of potential sexual harassment lawsuits could lead to different problems. Here’s what I’m talking about:

“I don’t even know what I’m allowed to say to women anymore.”

“Don’t sit next to her on a plane during that work trip.”

“I’m afraid to invite a female colleague to an event without the invitation looking like […]

Employers, Do You Have “Meaningful Measures” In Place to Combat Disability Discrimination? #ADA

By:  Amy Epstein Gluck

What’s not a good idea? Terminating an employee who requests a reasonable accommodation. Or failing to even discuss said accommodation.

One employer found this out the hard way.

Yesterday, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency that enforces the federal anti-discrimination laws including the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), announced a $125,000 […]

When Does Title VII Protect “Perceived As” Claims Based On Race?

By:  Amy Epstein Gluck

An interesting question, says the law geek, as I read about a British theater director who self-identified as Black. Now, he, the son of two white Irish parents, was actually not Black. However, people often assumed this dude was mixed race due to his hair and facial structure. He was “perceived as” […]

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 […]