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

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, […]

Sex Discrimination v. Equality At BigLaw and Other Workplaces

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

I know I have been prolific these past few months about gender equality, sexual harassment, retaliation, and equal pay (or lack thereof).

I’ve talked to you about a myriad of scenarios: sex discrimination and unequal pay at BigLaw (also see Rich’s excellent BigLaw post here) and for the U.S. Women’s Soccer team and […]

Sexual Harassment—Still Illegal, And Attorneys’ Fees May Be Awarded Too

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

So, busy week.

I thought it best to start with a reminder: sexual harassment in the workplace is still illegal.

And while it abounds, if your employees sexually harass other employees not only might you be hit with a hefty damage award, but you may have to pay the attorneys’ fees of the person […]

Locker Room Banter—The New Normal? Harvard Soccer Woes

By Amy Epstein Gluck

Oh Harvard…not you too!

It seems there is no place safe from sexual harassment and discrimination.

We’ve post—a LOT—about workplace sexual harassment and discrimination, but it seems this type of behavior starts earlier.

Is locker room banter the new normal?

I hope not.

Accustomed to being viewed as a bastion of intellectual enlightenment and civility, Harvard University […]

Older Women Have it Rough!

By:  Amy Epstein Gluck

Let me tell you, it’s tough being a woman over 40. Not only do you have to have to contend with being called “ma’am” as if you were a dowager, but older women in the workplace face potential violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) and […]