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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Low Hanging Fruit: Take 967

Ok, this is a little different than the usual. Only a little.

This particular health care provider which the EEOC nailed for $950,000 provides such care nationwide for jails and corrections facilities, not the public. But the takeaways are the same.

I hope readers can by now in my refrain: “the EEOC likes to target health care providers […]

“Why does he sexually harass me at work?”

Good question.

Seems that the more complaints of sexual harassment that are made, the more surface. Don’t get me wrong, anti-harassment training is, of course, a must – and is now required in some places such as NYS and NYC.

But why does it happen in the first place?

Here’s a couple of things […]

What’s Wrong With These Health Care Folks? Haven’t They Heard of the ADA?

Ok, these cases are becoming so frequent that it’s now about time to start a new blog called “Health Care Providers and The Americans With Disabilities Act.”  The ADA.

What am I talking about?

The EEOC’s seemingly insatiable targeting of health care providers for alleged violations of the ADA.  See my numerous posts, as recently as last week.

I […]