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 […]

Fired Up About Retaliation

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

Your Memorial Day post is here!

On behalf of two battalion chiefs in one Northern Virginia Fire and Rescue Department, the ACLU filed charges of discrimination this week with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) alleging that the department retaliated against them after they pushed the Department to discipline an employee who had […]

All The Single Ladies – No, Not Beyoncé

By:  Amy Epstein Gluck

So, is “All the Single Ladies” on Capitol Hill this week? Nope. Rather, it’s Every. Single. Lady.

What am I talking about? Am I talking in code? Am I about to go out on the road with Beyoncé?

Not so much.

I’m talking about this report that every single one of the 22 female senators have […]

How To Slay The Dragon…I Mean, Eradicate Sexual Harassment

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

As you can read most recently here and here, Rich Cohen and I advise and encourage employers to invest in interactive sexual harassment training tailored to the workplace. We think it is a crucial tool in slaying the vile beast that is sexual harassment in the workplace. However, our friends at Quartz […]

Sexual Harassment Guidelines—Wonder Woman Gets It!

By:  Amy Epstein Gluck

Wait, what? What does Wonder Woman have to do with employment law?

The set of the sequel to Wonder Woman—aptly named Wonder Woman 2—is the first film, officially, to adopt the Producer’s Guild of America’s (“PGA”) recently announced sexual harassment guidelines in the wake of ongoing sexual harassment accusations in Hollywood.

This is a top-down […]

I Love Lists! Dissecting One Sexual Harassment Prevention List

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

I love lists. I love “plans.” After all, as a lawyer, my day is usually suffused with them. I’ve even given them to you, employers! Right here in this blog!

What To Do If Someone Complains About Sexual Harassment

For example, here I gave you a list of steps to take if you […]