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

“Scantily clad bodies can provoke sexual harassment”

Amy and I have written quite a lot about sexual harassment. Quite a lot. About the root causes and manifestations of sexual harassment, and the prevention and remediation of sexual harassment.

But here’s a solution to the problem from a concerned citizen that, frankly, never crossed our minds:  Force women to adhere to a dress code […]

Screaming Partners and Sexism: Better Grin and Bear It If You’re In It Just For The Money

Is the money enough to keep you at BigLaw? it  better be.

As I just asked in my  Above The Law post, “What do you think about when you think about the virtues of BigLaw? Besides the money, I mean.

Ok, Ok …

It’s the money.”

I’ve extolled the virtues of BigLaw before: “the leisurely lifestyle, the sense of freedom […]

Can a bird be a sexual harasser?

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. A parrot walks into a bar. …

Not that one. The vulgar parrot in a nursing home.

Yep, I admit that I’ve used this story (many times!) to illustrate the issue as to who can be a sexual harasser, an issue raised again in a recent federal appeals court […]

Worst Cities Around The World For Girls And Young Women

A short quiz today on the degree of safety and freedom from sexual harassment for girls and young women in cities around the world.  This, by way of a new report by the humanitarian group, Plan International, which surveyed experts across six continents.

Q.  Which city is the worst in the world for girls and young […]

Pregnancy Discrimination Brings Out The Mummies

Attention must be paid! The Mummies are marching!

Huh?

“Becoming a mother is the single most damaging thing you can do to your career,” wrote a UK woman in the Telegraph a year ago. “It has been four years since I lost my job for daring to procreate. My employer told me, by voicemail, that my contract was being pulled, the […]

The time has come to revisit obesity – and fat shaming

I just posted in Above The Law an article about obesity, fat shaming and the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), entitled Fat Shaming At Work: Maybe A Thing From The Past?.

Last time I checked, Michigan was the only state that prohibits weight discrimination in employment (as do a half-dozen or so municipalities).  And fat shaming is not […]

“All Associates To Bible Study Class Now – Its Mandatory!”

The religious discrimination cases which get reported involve, typically, an employee whose religious beliefs require certain dress or grooming which contravenes a company’s “look policy,” or an employee whose religious beliefs and practices require certain days or time off.

Here’s a twist:  What about a case where an employee, who does not share the religious belief […]

“Why So Much Fuss Over Black Employees’ Hair?”

This is the title of my new Above The Law post.

I just read a great piece in the New York Times, entitled “Why Are Black People Still Punished for Their Hair?” by Ría Tabacco Mar, which had as a sub-heading: “Only black people are shamed when they choose to wear hairstyles consistent with their natural hair texture.”

She described […]

Forced To Retire “To Promote ‘Diversity and Intergenerational Fairness’”

All surveys and studies point to the plight of older workers – they can’t afford to retire, and at the same time they suffer age discrimination in hiring and in the workplace.

BenefitsPro notes that “It’s getting tougher for older workers, with many finding that they can’t retire—or retire as fully—as they might want to, thanks […]

Catholic Employee Harassed For Having a Crucifix: EEOC Lawsuit

Well, this is the first time I’ve seen a hostile work environment case based upon religious discrimination – that is, an employee allegedly harassed because of his religion.

The EEOC just sued a New Jersey company alleging that it knew that shortly after an employee was hired “his manager learned he was Catholic and reacted negatively upon […]