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

Coming Soon: NEW EEOC Harassment Guidance

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

Yesterday, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency that enforces our country’s federal anti-discrimination laws, released for public input a proposed enforcement guidance addressing unlawful harassment. You can read the 75-page proposed guidance document at https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=EEOC-2016-0009 and provide comments to the EEOC until February 9, 2017.

The last guidance documents promulgated […]

The Danger for Employers of Third Party Discrimination or Harassment

By Amy Epstein Gluck

As Rich aptly noted at the close of 2016, more than 50 years after the Civil Rights Acts were passed, racism continues in the society at large, and in the workplace in particular.

Case in point: this past weekend, Kelly Carter, a waitress in Ashburn, Virginia, discovered this receipt after a customer left:
great […]

Virginia Is For ALL Lovers, Including LGBTQ

By:  Amy Epstein Gluck
Hello Dulles Technology Corridor, there are some new employment requirements in town for you businesses that work with the state government.

Today, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order requiring all future state contractors with the Executive Branch to agree to a non-discrimination policy specifically based on sexual orientation and gender identity. […]

Doing the People’s Business? Sexual Harassment Is Everywhere

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

Everyone, I have one thing to say: I. Can’t. Even. I can’t even with this stuff! You can’t make it up!

On Monday, in a closed door meeting, the night before the new Congress was sworn in, the House Republicans voted to eliminate the only independent ethics oversight of their actions, especially any […]

May The Force Be With Her—Carrie Fisher aka Princess Leia Spoke Out About Mental Illness In and Out of Her Workplace

By:  Amy Epstein Gluck

Carrie Fisher is an iconic hero. Not only did she portray a princess and one of the greatest leaders of the Rebel Alliance, eventual savior of the universe and all of its many galaxies, but Fisher is also well known for speaking up about a matter that most employees tend to hide […]

Sexual Orientation Discrimination Violates Title VII—CLARIFICATION

By:  Amy Epstein Gluck

The District Court of Connecticut decided Boutillier v. Hartford Public Schools, No. 3:13-CV-01303-WWE (November 17, 2016). So, when I exuberantly advised that the Second Circuit came to play, I should have written that federal courts within the Second Circuit were showing up to play! So let’s try this again:

Well, this year, we’ve […]

Amherst Cracks Down on “Locker Room Banter”—Another Team Bites the Dust

By Amy Epstein Gluck

First Harvard, then Columbia, and now Amherst College.

What do these schools have in common?

They are all elite colleges, yes, that’s true. They are all perched high up on various lists on U.S. News and World Report’s rankings.

And, it seems, Amherst is now joining the list of schools with sports teams whose season […]

Retaliation and Opposition—A Major Headache for Employers

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

Big Pharma, when will you learn?

Not anytime soon, it seems.

This week, former vice president Irene Laurora sued Bayer in the U.S. District Court in New Jersey alleging, among other claims, discrimination and retaliation after she protested the company’s mistreatment of a pregnant colleague.

In the lawsuit, Ms. Laurora, former “Working Mother of the […]

A How-To Guide to LGBT Corporate Policies

By:  Amy Epstein Gluck

As Montell Jordan sang in the 90s—”this is how we do it.”

Thanks to my partner Ken Thompson for finding me this awesome graphic!

Anyway, need a good example of a corporate culture founded on equal treatment regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity?

I’ve got one for you:  powerhouse Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”).  Yesterday, […]

Serena Williams Aces The Equal Pay Issue

By Amy Epstein Gluck

“To all incredible women who strive for excellence” begins Serena Williams in an open letter about sexism and wage disparity between males and females in sports for Porter Magazine’s ‘Incredible Women of 2016’ issue, which  The Guardian reprinted this week.
Serena Williams is one of the most amazing athletes in the world, people, […]