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

We All Get Older – But No One Likes Being Called a “Hairbag”

My guess is that most people — maybe not all – would not like to be called a hairbag.

What’s a “hairbag??” (No, not that).

A New York Times article today informs us … but first let’s step back a little…

Recall that before I took a hiatus from blogging some months ago, I had a penchant for collecting […]

Whatever You Do, Don’t Worry … You May Not Get Hired!

Here’s a new case that will make you shake your head in wonder.

Seems that a Wisconsin inpatient residential health facility was just sued by the EEOC for alleged disability discrimination.

Nothing new here … I’ve been writing forever that the EEOC seems to be targeting health care professionals and facilities for disability or pregnancy discrimination.   Does the […]

I’ll Be An EEOC Panelist In Philly on 8/20

I was very pleased to be invited by the EEOC to be a panelist in Philadelphia on August 20th at the EEOC Training Institute being conducted for HR people!

Click this link from the EEOC for more info.

The general topic for my panel is “The Future of HR is Today!”

Hope to see you there if you happen […]

Fix the Boardwalk! Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Can Wait!

Whoever said that elected officials are savvier than the average citizens?

Indeed.

I just read a piece out of Michigan which reported that several commissioners from one county are objecting to a proposal for mandatory sexual harassment prevention training for themselves.

The proposal “would require county commissioners to attend an orientation within 45 days of taking office that included […]

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.  […]