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

You Cannot Wear A Skirt! Revisiting Workplace Religious Discrimination

The newly-announced settlement of a religious discrimination lawsuit brought by the EEOC gives us the opportunity to revisit workplace religious discrimination – a hot topic these days.

“Georgia Blue,” a Mississippi restaurant, had a dress code requiring servers to wear blue jean pants.  A newly-hired Apostolic Pentecostal employee, whose religious belief requires women to wear only skirts […]

Which companies tolerate GCs who sexually harass?

A headline in the New York Law Journal this week puzzled me.  It read: “Most Companies Don’t Tolerate GCs Who Sexually Harass, Experts Say.”

For sure, employers should not tolerate workplace sexual harassment, from anyone, especially GCs – as I teach in my harassment training sessions, “top down” behavior is reflected in general workplace behavior, and harassment […]

THE NEXT #METOO MOVEMENT?

It’s the last acceptable discrimination.

Two years ago I posted that the forever young Dick Van Dyke, who was then 90 (OMG!), talked about age discrimination, what he called “The last acceptable discrimination.”  He noted that he was told by a salesperson at a Tommy Hilfiger store that “I don’t think you’ll find anything you like here,” and by […]

“Men Lie, Women Can’t Negotiate: What Does This Mean?”

A very cryptic title for my Above The Law blog post today,  I know.

Is there some nexus or connection between these two statements?

Yes, it tums out, based upon some very interesting research published in the Harvard Business Review. There is a connection.

The Professor who conducted the study said that she “found that the likelihood of engaging in […]

US Department of Justice: Title VII does not protect transgender employees

A big shout out to our esteemed and erudite partner Eric B. Meyer for his excellent blog post today on the status of Title VII as it pertains to gender identity, sexual orientation, and transgender employees.

He begins by noting that:
“Chris reported yesterday that the U. S. Department of Justice filed this brief with the United States […]

Nursing and health care facilities must pay $465,000 – for discriminating against disabled and pregnant employees

Have you heard this one from me before:
“Chalk up another healthcare provider nabbed by the EEOC for allegedly violating the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (“PDA”), an amendment to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Add this to the numerous such lawsuits brought against healthcare providers under the Americans With Disabilities Act (“ADA”).”
Well, chalk up […]

Even Female Judges Get Harassed!

“I had dinner the other night with a classmate from law school who has spent the last 20 years as a New York jurist. … he told me that she could not believe how rude and abusive some male lawyers were to her. Like talking over her, interrupting her, and trying in many respects to run […]

“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 […]