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 […]

Diversity and Inclusion: Best Response To Increased Sexual Harassment

By:  Amy Epstein Gluck

On Halloween, I intend to head down to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for a public meeting titled “Revamping Workplace Culture to Prevent Harassment” with EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum. I plan on adding my 2 cents.

Why? Well, I’ll tell you.

Earlier this month, the EEOC released preliminary data for this year reporting increases in sexual […]

Psst…did you know it was Disability Awareness Month?

By:  Amy Epstein Gluck

Well, it is! And, in honor of that, I bring you a new law affecting most New York City employers, at least those with more than four employees. The law applies to all of your employees, whether full- or part-time, interns (paid or unpaid), temps, and protects more NYC employees than those […]

LGBTQ Circuit Split, Meet the Religious Exemption

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

Late last week, a 1000-member church group in Texas sued the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency that enforces Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), the federal anti-discrimination law.

This group alleges that—despite the absence of a prohibition of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender […]

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 […]

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 […]

Reminder—Destigmatization of Mental Illness In The Workplace

By:  Amy Epstein Gluck

There is a lot of talk these days about diversity and inclusion. And about accommodating those with disabilities. Remember: providing accommodations applies to employees with mental impairments too.

Recently, the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency that enforces the anti-discrimination laws, has reminded employers about the significance of building a […]

“Work Faster!”

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

Last month, my esteemed partner Rich Cohen wrote here that it had been over a year since he’d seen or written about a new code word or phrase for age discrimination, then blogged about a settlement where the employer stated that it would no longer consider a job applicant for the position because […]