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

Supreme Court Declines To Rule On Whether Title VII Covers Sexual Orientation

The Supreme Court said today that it would not hear an appeal from a federal appeals court in Atlanta which dealt with the issue of whether Title VII prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation through its prohibition of discrimination “because of … sex.”

This is significant because there is a split on this issue between […]

After Reading Our Blog, Congress Votes For Mandatory Anti-Harassment Training!

Wow!  November has been quite the watershed month for our blog.

We learned a few weeks ago that the entire US Senate is likely reading our blog because “what else can explain that they “passed a resolution Thursday mandating sexual harassment prevention training for all employees of the Senate, including senators.”

Mandatory Training For All!

And now – […]

No Touching In The Workplace!  (Anywhere?) 

I just posted the third, and last, workplace sexual harassment dialogue with my employment partner, Amy Epstein Gluck (“AEG”) in Above The Law.

Amy has helpfully guided me to a deeper and more thorough understanding of this issue – as it appears to women.  In the dialogue, Amy clarified and expanded upon my original “9 tips”  […]

Entire US Senate Reads Our Blog! Decides Unanimously To Require Sexual Harassment Training!

We wish to thank the entire United States Senate for reading our blog!

We blog, loudly and often, that employers must require such training for both managers and employees.  And the Senate had to have been reading our blog – what else can explain that they “passed a resolution Thursday mandating sexual harassment prevention training for […]

Can Men And Women Be Friends At Work?

Last week I posted a dialogue in Above The Law in the form of commentary by my partner, Amy Epstein Gluck, on my earlier ATL article which provided 9 tips on how not to be a workplace sexual harasser.  Part II was just published in ATL.

“Lest you think she wades into this unqualified, Amy Epstein […]

what can an employer do to avoid sexual harassment claims?

I’ve written many times, here and in Above The Law, that “I am always surprised that some people think that workplace sexual harassment occurs only in certain types of businesses or workplaces.  But we know that workplace sexual harassment can happen anywhere, anytime, and to anyone – there is no exempt place or person.”

You are […]

“Mark of the Devil” Reappears  

Not long ago I reported about a case that may soon be heard by the Supreme Court: a religious discrimination suit brought by the EEOC against a Pennsylvania coal company for refusing to accommodate (and forcing to retire) an Evangelical Christian who had been an employee for 35 years.

Initially I wondered – an employee for […]

Workplace Harassment: How A Woman Sees It

My latest Above The Law article is a sort of dialogue between my employment partner, Amy Epstein Gluck, and me — in the form of a critique by Amy of my last ATL post which provided nine tips on how not to be a workplace sexual harasser.

I wrote that:

“Last week, ‘I waded with trepidation’ into […]

The workplace is not your frat house. No touching. Ever!

I addressed my latest Above The Law post “to those who want to or are tempted to cross the line into non-consensual words or physical contact, or who have no clue and blunder across it, or who don’t know that there is a line and where it is.

“Consensual versus non-consensual words or conduct is the […]

Pregnant And Want A Workplace Accommodation? Forget It: ‘It’s Not Prison. You Can Quit!’

Pregnancy discrimination in the workplace is the subject of my new article in Above The Law.

“One way of understanding the PDA is to look to the Americans With Disabilities Act (“ADA”) — there are many similarities and intersections between the two statutes, from the intent and purpose to the accommodation requirements.  As […]