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

Kudos To G.E. As It Strives to “Balance the Equation” With Women

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

Though I felt I was scaling mountains in Honors Bio during my sophomore year in high school and during six months of balancing equations, General Electric’s plan to “balance the equation” makes perfect sense to me…and likely to others.

This year, General Electric, the science, technology, and engineering industry giant, revealed clear and […]

First Transgender Suit Permitted to Proceed Under the ADA

By Amy Epstein Gluck

While courts and states remain divided about whether “sex discrimination” includes discrimination against transgender people under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a new cause of action has emerged to protect the rights of transgender people: violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”).

As my partner Rich Cohen has […]

Working Mamas and Lactation Law

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding children for six months after birth. While some mothers do and some don’t, how does a working mother cope with breastfeeding in the workplace?

Well, I had the luxury of closing and locking my office door at work to pump breast milk when my three children […]

“The Linchpin” For Businesses: Your HR Department

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

“A good HR office is the linchpin for an employer’s effective system for learning about harassment and then responding quickly and effectively,” said Chai Feldblum, commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), the agency that enforces federal workplace discrimination laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title […]

Supremes Save Transgender Rights For Another Day

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

By now, most people (who read or watch the news, anyway) know that the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) just vacated a lower court ruling in a transgender student’s favor and sent the case back to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The decision followed the Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) and Department […]

Every Kiss Begins With “Cut it out!”

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

Hot on the heels of allegations about the workplace culture of sexual harassment at Uber came the release of nine years’ worth of documents in a private class-action arbitration against another industry giant. As The Washington Post reported yesterday, declarations from hundreds of women and men who worked at one well-known jewelry […]

Dear Uber,…

A couple of days ago, the New York Times reported about Uber’s sexual harassment woes when one of its engineers, Susan Fowler, blogged (on her personal account) about her sub-par treatment at Uber after she reported sexual harassment claims to the human resources department and they were ignored.
As both Rich and I have said, time […]

“What Are You Like In Bed?” Not A Good Thing To Ask An Employee…Nor is Groping

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

Just in case you worried because I haven’t written about sexual harassment in a while, do not be alarmed! I’ve been obsessed with my twitter feed, like much of the country. But…never fear! Sexual harassment is alive and well. Indeed, it is thriving.

Last week, a waitress at an Olive Garden in Bay […]

Workplace Gender Disparity: Perceptions Are Not Always Reality

“To be a woman in the United States is to feel unequal, despite great strides in gender equality, according to a wide-ranging poll about gender in postelection America released Tuesday. It’s catcalls on the street, disrespect at work, and unbalanced responsibilities at home.” (New York Times, 1/17/17).

In spite of this, studies show a stark disconnect […]

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 […]