About Amy Epstein Gluck

Amy Epstein Gluck is FisherBroyles' Employment Counsel and a partner in the Washington D.C. office. 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

How To Prevent Sexual Harassment In Your Restaurants, Bars, and Stores

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

As we continue to counsel clients large and small about how to prevent sexual harassment in this #MeToo era, I recently read about this project, “Not on the Menu,” the brain child of one restaurant owner and her staff during a problem-solving meeting after a customer put his hand up one employee’s […]

Employers, Can You Fire An Employee In Rehab for An Opioid Addiction?

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

As the late, great Amy Winehouse sang:
They tried to make me go to rehab
I said, “no, no, no”
Employers, if an employee seeks leave to go to rehab, your refrain is more likely to be, “yes, yes, yes.”

Why?

If an employee seeks help to treat an addiction, said employee is likely protected by the Americans […]

EEOC to Employers: Ignore Harassment Complaints Based on LGBTQ Status At Your Peril

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently entered into a consent decree with a Tex-Mex restaurant in Gainesville, Virginia (up to an hour from the DMV—without traffic) settling a lawsuit alleging that restaurant employees, including other servers and kitchen staff, subjected a gay male server to “unwelcome harassing and offensive behavior” that included […]

One Mama’s Memo: Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Retaliation Policies Must Be Enforced To Be Effective

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

Your anti-discrimination, -harassment, and -retaliation policies must be enforced to be effective. It’s likely that this is no news flash, but in practice, people tend to forget.

Case in point: yet another public memo to a household name company demonstrating that all that glitters may not be gold.

What am I talking about? Well, […]

Come See Me at the EEOC Baltimore Seminar on August 26th to Talk HR

By Amy Epstein Gluck

Hello, and happy end of summer!

Like Rich, I am excited to participate in an EEOC panel in Baltimore at the EEOC Training Institute’s seminar about the Future of HR.

Details:

Where: Crowne Plaza Baltimore at the Inner Harbor, 105 W. Fayette Street

When: August 26, 2019, at 9 a.m.

Topic: The Future of HR is Today!

What […]

Workplace Violence Prevention Plans—With a Twist

By Amy Epstein Gluck

Employers, do you have a workplace violence prevention plan?

If not, you may want to consider creating one regardless of your size.

After the shooting in Virginia Beach, I wrote about recognizing signs of possible impending workplace violence.

I also promised to provide additional information for employers and HR to consider, but, like everyone else, I […]

One State Guides Employers To Establish Workplace Mental Health Standards

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

Did you know that California passed a law last year that establishes voluntary standards for workplace mental health?

No? I didn’t either, and we should talk about this.

What Kind of Law?

Under the law, the state is creating guidelines to help companies strengthen access to mental health care for their employees, put strategies and programs […]

Will World Dominance Dictate Equal Pay?

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

As I arrived at a jam-packed, standing room only sports bar on a Sunday morning, I wondered what a U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) victory would mean to the lawsuit filed by the team, which is scheduled to go to mediation after the USWNT’s 4th World Cup.

What will it mean for the women’s […]

When Equal Pay Audit Results Lead to Retaliation Claims

By Amy Epstein Gluck

Equal pay is getting a lot of press these days. Indeed, it seems to be a “Hot HR Topic.” (Yes, that IS a thing! OK, just for employment law nerds.)

There’s a federal law requiring employers to provide equal pay for equal work, and, employers should know that most states have equal pay […]

LGBTQ Employees Face A Double Stigma

By:  Amy Epstein Gluck

Last year, when I wrote about destigmatizing mental health issues, I informed you that one in four adults in the U.S. suffer from some type of mental disability.

When we talked about sexual harassment being an epidemic—and this was pre-Weinstein!—I mentioned EEOC-reported testimony that one in four women face harassment in the workplace.

Well, guess what?  One in four […]