The Hostess With The Mostest? Not Exactly.

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

Last Friday, on September 29, the EEOC filed a lawsuit against a restaurant in Virginia alleging that the restaurant violated federal law by subjecting an 18-year-old female employee to a sexually hostile work environment and retaliating against her by reducing her hours when she complained about the alleged harassment.

The complaint alleged that […]

Is It Ok For A Supervisor to Ask A Subordinate To Cook For Him In the Nude? Not So Much.

By: Amy Epstein Gluck 

Is it Ok for a company’s Human Resources (“HR”) department to respond to said subordinate employee’s complaint of being asked to cook in the nude for her supervisor “oh that’s just the way he is”? I think not.

A Charlotte newspaper recently reported about a lawsuit filed against a company where an employee […]

Mea Culpa! Can an act of personal absolution change sexual harassment in Silicon Valley?

“’While I’d like to believe that I’m not a bad or evil person, regardless it’s clear that some of my past actions have hurt or offended several women.  And I probably deserve to be called a creep.’

So sorry!

This was the admission of the founder of the start-up incubator 500 Startups who resigned after the New […]

A “Plan” to Combat Sexual Harassment in Silicon Valley

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

Entrepreneur Meena Harris, founder of the “Phenomenal Woman Action Campaign,” has a plan for the sexual harassment allegations pervading Silicon Valley companies.

As Ms. Harris wrote here, industry leaders have begun to highlight sexual harassment as an issue that the tech community must grapple with and solve.

And she thinks this position must be taken a […]

Can Women Lawyers Ever Find Equality In Biglaw?

My new article in Above The Law is entitled “Can Women Lawyers Ever Find Equality In Biglaw?”

It begins:

“Hey — who cares if Biglaw is white and male as long as it can charge $2,000 per hour (or more). It’s all about the money, after all. Isn’t it?

Of course.

As long as the profits keep rolling in, […]

“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 […]

Workplace Bullies: They Do It Because You Are A Threat To Them

I discuss workplace bullies in my latest Above The Law article, Why Do Bully Bosses Bully Their Stars – And Redheads?

It begins:

“Where do workplace bullies come from? Simple – from bully kids. “What happens to bullies when they grow up? One would hope these mean girls and guys would stop their antics, but … ome […]

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 […]

Owner’s “Shocking, Sexually Explicit Behavior”: Company Must Pay $750,000

Employers should know that, from the top down, an anti-harassment tone and policy must be set.

But what if the employer – the company owner – is the harasser?

That’s what happened in a newly settled case.

According to the EEOC, the owner of the company “sexually harassed female employees to a point where one worker was forced to quit and […]

“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 […]