“You All’s President”

It’s not only the EEOC which is litigating cases of racial harassment which hit the news – today’s post is about a recent case arising out of the Iowa Civil Rights Commission.

Iowa?  A beacon of civil rights?

Who knew?

Apparently, a business owner in West Des Moines was hit with a $14,700 judgment (lost wages and damages) […]

What Classic Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment Looks Like

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

Of the types of sexual harassment, the one we see far less of is quid pro quo harassment. Why? Because it’s SO OBVIOUSLY wrong that most perpetrators (predators?) know it is unlawful.

Case in point:

One franchisee just settled a 2015 sexual harassment lawsuit for $80,000 after a former general manager (GM) solicited sex […]

Avoiding Dinners With Female Colleagues May Not Be the Answer to Avoiding Lawsuits

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

Fear of potential sexual harassment lawsuits could lead to different problems. Here’s what I’m talking about:

“I don’t even know what I’m allowed to say to women anymore.”

“Don’t sit next to her on a plane during that work trip.”

“I’m afraid to invite a female colleague to an event without the invitation looking like […]

When Does Title VII Protect “Perceived As” Claims Based On Race?

By:  Amy Epstein Gluck

An interesting question, says the law geek, as I read about a British theater director who self-identified as Black. Now, he, the son of two white Irish parents, was actually not Black. However, people often assumed this dude was mixed race due to his hair and facial structure. He was “perceived as” […]

Another Fire Department Engulfed In Flames

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

Oy.

That’s what I thought when I read this article about a Cook County (Illinois) jury that awarded a combined $11,213,000 to a Country Club Hills firefighter in her claim against the city for sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation.

It seems like yesterday, but it was in fact last month that I told […]

EEOC: Same-Sex and Race-Based Harassment is Not OK.

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

The “n word” has surfaced in yet another lawsuit based on racial harassment.

Also present is a type of “boys club” culture consisting of sex-based horseplay and other misconduct.

The result?

Last week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit against one company for both race and sex-based harassment, claiming that employees’ conduct created […]

Sexual Harassment: R-E-S-P-E-C-T in Fire Departments

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

Damn, I miss Aretha.

Back, way back, in early 2016, I told you here about a Colorado fire department’s $75,000 settlement with a former female firefighter to settle claims of gender discrimination and sexual harassment. The woman had filed a complaint with the EEOC (a complainant’s necessary first step prior to filing a […]

A Federal Jury Sends a Message in the #MeToo Era

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

#MeToo is real.

That is, #MeToo as a movement or an era or even a concept applies to real people of all backgrounds, to blue collar as well as white collar workers. One thing I know for sure—no one sets out desiring to be in the #MeToo club. In fact, I’d venture to […]

Checking In With BigLaw and Equal Pay

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

During the last couple of years, we have explored the twin issues of sex discrimination and gender pay disparities. We have examined it in the arenas of professional sports, universities, restaurants, Silicon Valley, and several different types of workplaces…including law firms.

We’ve explained that true parity in the workplace can raise productivity and efficiency, […]

Racial Harassment—A Case Study On “Severe or Pervasive”

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

Use of the “n-word” in the workplace seems to be continuing, unabated.

You guys are not going to believe this scenario alleged in a lawsuit filed this week. The allegations are…appalling.

As reported by WaPo here, last year a black employee worked as a warehouse specialist for an energy company in Sacramento, California. The […]