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

The EEOC sees health care folks as fat, juicy targets in disability cases

It’s been some time now since I’ve written about the EEOC and “low hanging fruit” – so let me explain to new readers.

My review of the cases brought by the EEOC in the last few years leads me to believe that the EEOC finds that targeting health care professionals for disability or pregnancy discrimination yields cheap […]

“There are too many old men … and they should all retire”’

Yep, that was what allegedly was said to a former University of Pittsburgh business professor who sought to take tuition-covered coursework towards a doctoral degree.  At least that’s what he alleges in in a newly-filed federal Age Discrimination In Employment Act (“ADEA”) and state law complaint. 

As well as “the money invested to provide additional training and education would be […]

If You Had Any Doubt That The Workplace Is A Microcosm of Society …

As readers of this blog likely know, among other things that I publish whenever I hear about them are cases where a noose or the N-word are used in the workplace. If for no other reasons than to remind that evil still lurks in the hearts of (wo)men.…

Well, here’s another reminder – courtesy of WaPo. It seems that […]

70% Of NYS Women: Workplace Sexual Harassment Is a Problem (But “Hope for Reform Remains Strong”)

An article in the New York Law Journal reminds us that “the workplace sexual harassment crisis is not waning.”

It cites a poll from Sienna College which shows that almost half of all women in NYS have been victims of sexual harassment, and that 70% say that workplace sexual harassment is a problem.

However, reporter Amy […]

Providing Employee With Crohn’s Disease A Flexible Bathroom Break Schedule: “Time Theft” Or Reasonable Accommodation?

Being moved closer to a bathroom doesn’t sound like it’s too burdensome an accommodation to an employee suffering from Crohn’s Disease – a condition included in the Americans With Disabilities Act (“ADA”) Amendments of 2008 as a disability.

But an employee at an Amazon call center alleges in a new ADA lawsuit that the strict corporate […]

Sexual harassment avoidance training: “If anyone feels they know it all and don’t need this, think again”

Sexual harassment avoidance training is a must for all employers in New York – I mean, it is required by law! Amy and I have been doing these trainings for a long time, and now that it is mandatory we are getting really busy.

For those who scoff at the efficacy of these trainings, I wanted […]

“America has always had trouble with black hair”: NYC intends to change that

Last year I wrote in Above The Law about a great article in The New York Times, entitled “Why Are Black People Still Punished for Their Hair?” by Ría Tabacco Mar.  It had as a sub-heading: “Only black people are shamed when they choose to wear hairstyles consistent with their natural hair texture.”

She was told in […]

Ageism is prejudice against our own future selves

“As I am now, so you will be.”

As a child I read this on an old colonial-era tombstone in New England – and it chilled my blood.

Now, decades later, well into my “age-as-protected-class” years, I recognize it as an all-too-true statement on the human condition. Dead or alive. Past, […]

All NY Employers (State and City): You Are REQUIRED By New Laws To Provide Employees With Sexual Harassment Avoidance Training!

Sexual Harassment Is A Significant Workplace Problem

A new Siena College survey has found that 45 percent of women report having been sexually harassed in their lives, an increase from 36 percent who reported the same last year.

Notably, 70 percent of men and women reported that workplace sexual harassment is a significant problem.

As […]

Aging? A Couple of Articles To Lift Your Spirits

I’m a little behind in my reading but bear with me.  Here are a couple of interesting articles on aging and age discrimination that I think bear looking at if you’re feeling that the new year just means that you’re one year closer to .. you know what.  Read these articles and take heart!    

In […]