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

Diversity & Inclusion: Making More Than Cosmetic Changes

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

One of my favorite cosmetics retailer closed all of its US-based stores today for diversity and inclusion training.

The focus? What it means to be a diverse and inclusive workplace.

In addition to the one-hour store closures today, the company said it would close its distribution centers and corporate headquarters for trainings about “gender identity, […]

How Can Employers Recognize Signs of Impending Workplace Violence?

By Amy Epstein Gluck

They can’t, entirely.

But let’s discuss this.

Late last week and over this weekend, I, along with the rest of the country I’m sure, read about the horrific events that occurred in a municipal building in Virginia Beach. There, a “disgruntled employee” opened fire at his workplace and murdered twelve colleagues.

I don’t know why […]

Offsite Is Not Off Limits: Case Study on the Consequences of Failing to Address Culture and Claims Of Harassment

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

Earlier, I came across this story (hello, insomnia) about one company (not our client!) who did not take the steps we have recommended in our blog to prevent harassment and retaliation, and is now being excoriated for it in the press.

This Buzzfeed article on the problems one tech start-up presents a textbook example […]

New York City Employers: Sexual and Reproductive Decisions Are a New Class

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

New York City employers and employers who have employees working in New York City, add a new protective class to your employee handbooks!

That’s right. On May 20, 2019, i.e., next week-ish, the New York City Commission on Human Rights will begin enforcing the city’s broad anti-discrimination, anti-harassment, and anti-retaliation law, to prohibit […]

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 […]