Iron Throne or Boardroom—Leadership Matters

By:  Amy Epstein Gluck

Who will rule Westeros? Or, in employment-speak, who will become the CEO of Westeros?

So, I love Game of Thrones. I really love it, and the last two years have been kind of brutal waiting for the start of the very last season.

But it’s here, and it’s tonight. TONIGHT.

And this got me thinking, if […]

Sex Stereotyping, Transgender Status, and a Settlement with the EEOC

By:  Amy Epstein Gluck

Sex stereotyping is a form of sex discrimination.

Sex discrimination violates the law.

That is all.

Kidding!

But, really, this cannot be emphasized enough. One tire company learned this the hard way, i.e., expensively.

What happened? Well, the plaintiff, a person named Woodward, applied for a position at one of the tire company’s Colorado locations. Allegedly, a manager […]

It Should Now Be Clear: “Playful” Sexual Harassment And Abuse Is Actionable

In case you needed a reminder or a heads up: a $150,000 settlement is pretty good support for the proposition that “he was just being playful” is not an adequate response to a sexual harassment complaint.

It was alleged by the EEOC that a supervisor at a Bronx location of a nationwide provider of housing […]

Weight Anti-Discrimination Law?

There may be a new law in Massachusetts – similar to the one in Michigan, it would prohibit discrimination in employment on the basis of height and weight – creating new protected classes.

Is this necessary?

You bet.

As I just posted this week, “beauty bias” and “lookism” in employment create drastic pay disparities and discourage equality in […]

Allegations of Sex Discrimination and Unequal Pay—It’s A Small World After All?

By Amy Epstein Gluck

It’s a world of laughter, a world of tears, it’s a world of hope and a world of fears….

Sound familiar?

That’s right! It’s the Small World ride at Disney!

This refrain ran through my head as I read about a new lawsuit filed earlier this week against the Walt Disney Company (“Disney”) in Los Angeles County […]

Reminder To ALL New York Employers – Training To Prevent Sexual Harassment Is Mandatory – Now!

The EEOC just sued a Chili’s restaurant in Colorado alleging that “the restaurant’s managing partner and assistant manager subjected female servers and hostesses to sexual harassment, including pervasive sexual comments and innuendo.”

Moreover, it is alleged that “the restaurant failed to take preventative or corrective action when employees complained about the harassment and that some […]

“Foreign and Chinese Beauties and Hunks” – OK For Job Ads?

Maybe in China. Or even in the US.

Both countries prohibit job discrimination based on gender and age, but not, as we shall see, based on looks or beauty per se. So, is a job ad for software engineers which boasts of employing “foreign and Chinese beauties and hunks” discriminatory?

Or an ad which states that applicants […]

Hey 2019, How Is Corporate America Doing With LGBT Policies?

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation gives us some indicator to answer this question.

Last week, the HRC released its 2019 Corporate Equality Index report— a national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality.

Some results are as follows:

571 US companies and law firms made a perfect […]

Did Mr. Stinky Create a Hostile Work Environment?

Ok, everybody. Here’s a case which cannot be ignored – but probably should be.

But your intrepid blog covers it anyway, because we believe that you have a right to know!  (And you thought that employment law was boring!)

It ostensibly involves bullying, which, as we know, is not actionable in virtually every jurisdiction in the US […]

Employer Which Helps People With Disabilities Get Jobs Fires Employee With a Disability: And Other Sad Tales from The Workplace

They seem to be increasing rapidly and feeding my obsession to report them.

Huh?

That is, the EEOC’s seemingly insatiable targeting of health care providers for alleged violations of the Americans With Disabilities Act (“ADA”).

And why?

If you are a reader of this blog you know. But if not … I refer to this type of ADA case […]