Workplace Gender Disparity: Perceptions Are Not Always Reality

“To be a woman in the United States is to feel unequal, despite great strides in gender equality, according to a wide-ranging poll about gender in postelection America released Tuesday. It’s catcalls on the street, disrespect at work, and unbalanced responsibilities at home.” (New York Times, 1/17/17).

In spite of this, studies show a stark disconnect […]

Coming Soon: NEW EEOC Harassment Guidance

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

Yesterday, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency that enforces our country’s federal anti-discrimination laws, released for public input a proposed enforcement guidance addressing unlawful harassment. You can read the 75-page proposed guidance document at https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=EEOC-2016-0009 and provide comments to the EEOC until February 9, 2017.

The last guidance documents promulgated […]

Doing the People’s Business? Sexual Harassment Is Everywhere

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

Everyone, I have one thing to say: I. Can’t. Even. I can’t even with this stuff! You can’t make it up!

On Monday, in a closed door meeting, the night before the new Congress was sworn in, the House Republicans voted to eliminate the only independent ethics oversight of their actions, especially any […]

Amherst Cracks Down on “Locker Room Banter”—Another Team Bites the Dust

By Amy Epstein Gluck

First Harvard, then Columbia, and now Amherst College.

What do these schools have in common?

They are all elite colleges, yes, that’s true. They are all perched high up on various lists on U.S. News and World Report’s rankings.

And, it seems, Amherst is now joining the list of schools with sports teams whose season […]

Sex Discrimination v. Equality At BigLaw and Other Workplaces

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

I know I have been prolific these past few months about gender equality, sexual harassment, retaliation, and equal pay (or lack thereof).

I’ve talked to you about a myriad of scenarios: sex discrimination and unequal pay at BigLaw (also see Rich’s excellent BigLaw post here) and for the U.S. Women’s Soccer team and […]

Sexual Harassment—An Epidemic?

By:  Amy Epstein Gluck

The upcoming TIME headline reads: “Gretchen Carlson wants to change the way women fight sexual harassment.” You can see the cover here. That’s exciting, and we can’t wait to see what she comes up with. Thanks to Circa for giving me a heads up.

An Epidemic?

TIME states: “Carlson gives an exclusive, wide-ranging interview […]

Nasty Women—Not in the Workplace, Please

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

“These nasty women have got to go!”

“Who put her in charge?”

“Honey, don’t interrupt.”

“What a bitch!”

We really see it all in the workplace.

But you know what nasty women do? They file charges of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), the federal agency in charge of enforcing the anti-discrimination law Title VII of […]

Locker Room Banter Will Get You Fired, and Oh, Wait, It’s Against the Law

By Amy Epstein Gluck

Everyone says it.

It’s just how guys talk.

They’re just words. I didn’t mean anything by it.

This is all in good fun, right?

No, no, and no.

They’re not “just words.” Sexually charged comments or “locker room banter” made by executives, an employee, or supervisor to another employee may subject an employer to liability under Title […]

Combatting Workplace Sexual Harassment: From the Top Down

By Richard Cohen

The EEOC has long gone to bat for vulnerable workers, as readers of this blog know.  Indeed, it is one of the EEOC’s priorities set out in its Strategic Enforcement Plan (“SEP”).

I have written that in the many cases brought by the EEOC, “The common thread is the vulnerability of these workers: where they are powerless, have low-status jobs, fear the […]

Founder Of Anti-Abuse Charity Liable For Egregious Harassment Of Employee

By Richard Cohen, FisherBroyles Partner

September 26, 2016 — Sometimes a story is so unbelievable (and horrific) that you do a double take and re-read it to see if you read it right the first time.

The founder of a charity whose goal is to prevent abuse of vulnerable members of Scotland’s ethnic communities was just found […]