Employers, Can You Fire An Employee In Rehab for An Opioid Addiction?

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

As the late, great Amy Winehouse sang:
They tried to make me go to rehab
I said, “no, no, no”
Employers, if an employee seeks leave to go to rehab, your refrain is more likely to be, “yes, yes, yes.”

Why?

If an employee seeks help to treat an addiction, said employee is likely protected by the Americans […]

EEOC to Employers: Ignore Harassment Complaints Based on LGBTQ Status At Your Peril

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently entered into a consent decree with a Tex-Mex restaurant in Gainesville, Virginia (up to an hour from the DMV—without traffic) settling a lawsuit alleging that restaurant employees, including other servers and kitchen staff, subjected a gay male server to “unwelcome harassing and offensive behavior” that included […]

One Mama’s Memo: Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Retaliation Policies Must Be Enforced To Be Effective

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

Your anti-discrimination, -harassment, and -retaliation policies must be enforced to be effective. It’s likely that this is no news flash, but in practice, people tend to forget.

Case in point: yet another public memo to a household name company demonstrating that all that glitters may not be gold.

What am I talking about? Well, […]

Come See Me at the EEOC Baltimore Seminar on August 26th to Talk HR

By Amy Epstein Gluck

Hello, and happy end of summer!

Like Rich, I am excited to participate in an EEOC panel in Baltimore at the EEOC Training Institute’s seminar about the Future of HR.

Details:

Where: Crowne Plaza Baltimore at the Inner Harbor, 105 W. Fayette Street

When: August 26, 2019, at 9 a.m.

Topic: The Future of HR is Today!

What […]

One State Guides Employers To Establish Workplace Mental Health Standards

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

Did you know that California passed a law last year that establishes voluntary standards for workplace mental health?

No? I didn’t either, and we should talk about this.

What Kind of Law?

Under the law, the state is creating guidelines to help companies strengthen access to mental health care for their employees, put strategies and programs […]

Will World Dominance Dictate Equal Pay?

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

As I arrived at a jam-packed, standing room only sports bar on a Sunday morning, I wondered what a U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) victory would mean to the lawsuit filed by the team, which is scheduled to go to mediation after the USWNT’s 4th World Cup.

What will it mean for the women’s […]

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 […]

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 […]