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

“Stay Away If You Are Old” Church Tells Congregation Looking To Attract Young People

Yep, you read that correctly.

“A struggling Minnesota church is asking its older parishioners to leave in hopes of making it more attractive to young families.”


I guess this place believes that older people turn off younger people. Is this a religious tenet, or just personal ageism?

This is not an employment-related story, but (1) it is, […]

No “N-Word,” But A Noose: Brevity Is The Soul Of Witlessness

Two racial harassment cases were just settled by the EEOC and the only thing of real note to me is that the N-word apparently was not used.  This is an exception in these cases, of course.

Racial animus still rears its ugly head in the workplace, as these cases evidence.   I try to post about every racial […]

“Ethical Veganism” Declared Covered By Employment Anti-Discrimination Law!

Well, not in the US.  At least, not yet.

Progress, as many believe, might be measured by who gets protected in the workplace under the anti-discrimination laws, such as (without limitation), Title VII, the ADA or the ADEA.  That is, among other things, which classes of people, or which people who possess what characteristics, or which people […]

Are BigLaw(yers) “Born To Run?”

Apologies to the Boss, but BigLaw lawyers were not born to run. . .  they had to be trained – long and hard:

— to run the gauntlet of constant testing, competition, prep classes, more testing, no sleeping, more competition, and admissions folks who at first didn’t believe that you were the captain of the body surfing team […]

Geriatric Care “Giant” versus Pregnant Nurse: Guess Who Won?

Now, why would a health care company discriminate against a pregnant or disabled employee? Seems to contradict everything that a health care provider is supposed to stand for.

Now, why would a health care company discriminate against a pregnant or disabled employee? Seems to contradict everything that a health care provider is supposed to stand for.

Seems also to be self-destructive, […]

BigLaw: “If this is beginning to sound like the last days of Rome. …”

“This is undoubtedly the last generation for whom the traditional partnership model is the standard.”


This quote is from *a blockbuster blog post ostensibly about lateral transfers in BigLaw but really about the sustainability and future of the BigLaw model in general. The author, Mark Cohen, of Legalmosaic, in analyzing lateral transfers in BigLaw, says that […]

You Were Genetically Built To Work Like A Dog, KaBobby!

Here’s one last post for the old year, may it rest in peace.  And it’s a doozy.*

(Apology upfront: the employee at issue was allegedly told that he was “genetically built” to work two jobs because of his national origin, not to work like a dog. I took a little poetic license because it sounded a […]

The Fox Should Not Run Your Chicken Coop

If there’s one thing that hopefully all employers know by now, it’s that a harassment-free workplace is a product of top-down respect and compliance.

Perhaps nothing is more important than a workplace that knows that management “from the top down” will not tolerate harassment of any kind, and will insist on proper and non-discriminatory behavior.  And […]

Fired For Having A Brain Tumor Or A Seizure, Or Mocked For Being Disabled – Why Does This Happen?

Human nature is sometimes an inscrutable thing.

Why do some people – adults! – find it necessary to harass those with disabilities?

Is it simple bullying?

Or maybe a fear-based projection or displacement or some other defense mechanism?

And why treat adversely – like firing – someone who comes forward and says he has a disability?

True concern or belief […]

In A Layoff, Be Careful Who You Terminate

“Everyone knows” that employees who are “at will” can be terminated — well, at will.  Except, and a very big “except,” where the anti-discrimination laws apply.  And this blog would be out of business if they didn’t apply to cases often, if not always.   

So here is a short post about who not to fire — or more […]