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

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 […]

Sexual Harassment: R-E-S-P-E-C-T in Fire Departments

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

Damn, I miss Aretha.

Back, way back, in early 2016, I told you here about a Colorado fire department’s $75,000 settlement with a former female firefighter to settle claims of gender discrimination and sexual harassment. The woman had filed a complaint with the EEOC (a complainant’s necessary first step prior to filing a […]

New Jersey Federal Court: Employer Need Not Waive Drug Test for Medical Marijuana User

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

Remember—despite the legalization of medical marijuana in a majority of states, marijuana remains illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act (“CSA”), which lists cannabis as a prohibited Schedule 1 illegal drug.

What does it mean to be a Schedule 1 drug?

“Schedule I drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently […]

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 […]