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

A Steak, Medium-Rare, With Sides of Sexual Harassment and Retaliation

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

I read yesterday that two current lawsuits claim that a celebrated steakhouse sustains a culture of sexual harassment, discrimination, and retaliation.

In one of the two cases, a female server alleged that a regular customer grabbed her from behind and “placed his hand beneath her crotch and in between her thighs” while she […]

What’s All The Fuss? SCOTUS (Finally) Considers Whether Adverse Decisions Against LGBT Employees Constitute Sex Discrimination In Violation of Title VII

By:  Amy Epstein Gluck

With this post, I join the multitude of bloggers writing about the historical announcement yesterday that the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) will hear and decide a series of cases this fall to determine whether the federal law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of “sex,” Title VII of the Civil Rights […]

Failing To Provide Accommodations for Mental Health Issues Comes At A Price

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

Employers must catch on: mental illness is prevalent in our workplaces.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), approximately 1 in 5 adults —43.8 million, or 18.5%—experiences mental illness in a given year, and of those adults, about 1 in 25 adults in the U.S.—9.8 million, or 4.0%—experiences a serious mental illness in a […]

Iron Throne or Boardroom—Leadership Matters

By:  Amy Epstein Gluck

Who will rule Westeros? Or, in employment-speak, who will become the CEO of Westeros?

So, I love Game of Thrones. I really love it, and the last two years have been kind of brutal waiting for the start of the very last season.

But it’s here, and it’s tonight. TONIGHT.

And this got me thinking, if […]

Sex Stereotyping, Transgender Status, and a Settlement with the EEOC

By:  Amy Epstein Gluck

Sex stereotyping is a form of sex discrimination.

Sex discrimination violates the law.

That is all.

Kidding!

But, really, this cannot be emphasized enough. One tire company learned this the hard way, i.e., expensively.

What happened? Well, the plaintiff, a person named Woodward, applied for a position at one of the tire company’s Colorado locations. Allegedly, a manager […]

Allegations of Sex Discrimination and Unequal Pay—It’s A Small World After All?

By Amy Epstein Gluck

It’s a world of laughter, a world of tears, it’s a world of hope and a world of fears….

Sound familiar?

That’s right! It’s the Small World ride at Disney!

This refrain ran through my head as I read about a new lawsuit filed earlier this week against the Walt Disney Company (“Disney”) in Los Angeles County […]

Hey 2019, How Is Corporate America Doing With LGBT Policies?

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation gives us some indicator to answer this question.

Last week, the HRC released its 2019 Corporate Equality Index report— a national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality.

Some results are as follows:

571 US companies and law firms made a perfect […]

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 […]