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 […]

Don’t Panic! We Have A Button For You!

Well, another panic button law was just passed – this time in New Jersey.

The first state to pass such a law!

Just a few weeks ago I posted about a union local in Seattle representing 5,000 hotel and hospitality workers, which reacted to guests sexually harassing room cleaning and room service staff and pushed for and got enacted a new […]

Black Hair Was “Dreadful” – But New Laws Are Changing All That

In an ATL post in early 2018 I mentioned an article in The New York Times which said that “America has always had trouble with black hair,” and that “he bias against black hair is as old as America itself. … British colonists classified African hair as closer to sheep wool […]

Diversity & Inclusion: Making More Than Cosmetic Changes

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

One of my favorite cosmetics retailer closed all of its US-based stores today for diversity and inclusion training.

The focus? What it means to be a diverse and inclusive workplace.

In addition to the one-hour store closures today, the company said it would close its distribution centers and corporate headquarters for trainings about “gender identity, […]

One more time: you must seek a reasonable accommodation for employees who have disabilities or who are pregnant

A couple of useful takeaways from this latest settlement of a “low hanging fruit” EEOC lawsuit.

The EEOC announced that a large health network which owned and operated three Arizona hospitals agreed to pay $545,000 to settle … yes, you guessed it! – a lawsuit which alleged discrimination against employees with disabilities and pregnant women with […]

How Can Employers Recognize Signs of Impending Workplace Violence?

By Amy Epstein Gluck

They can’t, entirely.

But let’s discuss this.

Late last week and over this weekend, I, along with the rest of the country I’m sure, read about the horrific events that occurred in a municipal building in Virginia Beach. There, a “disgruntled employee” opened fire at his workplace and murdered twelve colleagues.

I don’t know why […]

Color-Changing Wrist Bands and “Panic Buttons” – Can They Defend Against Sexual Harassment?

Two years ago I wrote that sexual harassers need not be co-employees or managers of a harassed employee. They can be outside vendors, clients, customers etc.  The point is not who is doing the harassing, but if a hostile work environment has been created which the employer must remedy.

At that time a news item from […]

You’re 37! Too Old for A Promotion!

That’s right – you’re over the hill!!

Seems that, according to a new study, “the frequency of promotions in tech declines rapidly after age 36.”

It’s downhill after that.

“The report also shows that the average age for tech workers is 38, compared to 43 for non-tech workers. And 42 is the average age of tech-industry managers, […]

If You Read This Blog You Can Probably Make A Good Guess As To What the Racial Epithet Was

The EEOC just sued a large health organization for alleged racial harassment and retaliation against African American employees in its California facility, contending that “such harassment was perpetrated by co-workers, supervisors, and managers, and included daily use of racial epithets, degrading racial comments and racially derogatory graffiti.”

The EEOC, uncharacteristically, did not say what the racial epithets were.  […]

Female Lawyers: Still Harassed Worldwide

An International Bar Association survey of 135 countries has found that one in three female attorneys has been sexually harassed at work, and half have been bullied.

Shocked?

Shouldn’t be.

It’s the power differential inherent in BigLaw that we have described before. The prevailing compensation structure and traditional BigLaw firm culture is toxic. 

And, indeed, this […]