About Richard Cohen

Richard B. Cohen is a partner in the New York City office of FisherBroyles, LLP, a national law firm. Richard Cohen has litigated and arbitrated complex corporate, commercial and employment disputes for more than 35 years, and is a trusted advisor to business owners and in-house counsel both in the United States and internationally. His clients have included Fortune 100 companies, domestic and foreign commercial and investment banks, Pacific-rim corporations and real estate development companies, as well as start-up businesses throughout the United States. Email Richard at Richard.Cohen@fisherbroyles.com

Deaf Truck Driver Refused A Job: Negative Stereotypes In Action

Another truck driver discrimination case.

You do this long enough and you detect patterns.

The EEOC just sued a Nebraska truckload carrier under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”).

Why?

The company allegedly refused to hire an applicant as a truck driver because he is deaf.

We’ve seen this before.

In May 2017 I said:
“I don’t know why, but it seems that […]

“Short Skirts At Work: A Form of Sexual Discrimination?”

Last week I addressed the pressing issue of whether “bro hugs” at work could be considered sexual discrimination, an issue which originated with a reader of the The New York Times “workologist” who said that she felt excluded when the bros at work hugged each other.

Building on that somewhat out-there issue, I asked in this […]

“Can The Boss Fire Me Just Because He Doesn’t Like Me?”

This question was nicely answered for laypeople today by the New York Times workologist.  Readers of this blog already know the answer.

A reader wrote:  “I have a new boss who is very unfair and abrasive to everyone. Hypothetically, would he be allowed to fire me just because he doesn’t like me? And if he did, […]

“Bro Hugs At Work: Sexual Discrimination?”

Hmm. What is this about?

A bro hug … sexist?  How?  Why?

Huh?

In my new Above The Law post, I examine a question posed by a female reader of The New York Times “workologist” who wrote this past week that at her blue-collar job “o one ever touches me, and it’s not that I want anyone to. That would […]

“Slaves,” “Monkeys” and “Little Asians” – Racial Harassment Still Plaguing Workplaces

Three more racial harassment lawsuits in the news – both with allegations of racial slurs.

Thankfully, no N-word usage, or nooses in these cases – but just as bad.

A Jacksonville-based online retailer of officially licensed sports merchandise has just been sued by the EEOC for race harassment and retaliation. The suit alleges that the company maintained […]

Shocking! Disabled Employees Dissed By Doctors

I wrote in my weekly Above the Law article last year that the EEOC targets health care and medical providers, such as doctors, hospitals, nursing homes, managed care facilities … in short, the caring professions, for alleged workplace violations of the Americans With Disabilities Act (“ADA”).  I’ve also written about it here all too often.

Why, I asked.

Think about it.

Health […]

“In China, They Put Women Out To Pasture at Your Age”

I probably don’t need to tell readers about my penchant for collecting cases in which older employees are the object of ageist comments in the workplace.

That is, all the different names, expressions, and epithets to which such employees are referred as a proxy for “old.”
“For example, you do not call an employee ‘old’ or ‘ancient’ […]

Shocker! New Study Says Company’s Culture Biggest Determinant of Sexual Harassment

The Huffington Post reported recently on a new study that noted that “When sexual harassment happens, it’s easy ― and not wrong ― to blame individual perpetrators, i.e., the ‘bad men.’”

Quite true.

So, given the tenor of that quote, who then (or what) is really to blame (he asks knowingly)?

Why … it’s … the … CORPORATE […]

Fizzy Drinks and The Red Hot Chili Peppers

Wondering what the title of this post is about?

It seems that an 18-year old woman was about to enter a Belfast concert by the Red Hot Chili Peppers when her “fizzy drink” was confiscated by security.

So?

Well, she suffers from type 1 diabetes and the “fizzy drink” was Lucozade, which she always carries to control her […]

She Refused To Wear High Heels At Work!

Last year it was reported that members of the UK Parliament called for a review of the 2010 Equality Act when women “told two Commons’ committees how employers demanded they wear revealing clothes, dye their hair blonde and constantly reapply their make-up while at work.”

This campaign began with a petition submitted by a woman “who was sent home by her employer … on […]