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

Hope This Is A One-Off – Pentecostal Employees Harassed By Supervisor: EEOC

We have not seen this type of workplace discrimination case often – outright harassment based upon religion.

What we see are cases of discrimination based upon the wearing of religious garb (think hijab or yarmulka), or discrimination because an employee requires an accommodation for attending religious services or observance of the Sabbath.

We have published many posts about […]

New “Toolkit” Developed To Aid Vulnerable Agricultural Workers

I’ve written a lot about sexual harassment of vulnerable workers – that they are more likely to suffer sexual assault and harassment.

Workers are “vulnerable” to discrimination and harassment for many reasons and in many situations, mostly evidenced by their powerlessness and the low status of their jobs. For example, they may fear running afoul of […]

One More “N-word” Case Settles

A Long Island location of what is touted as the “country’s largest casual Mexican restaurant chain,” has just settled an EEOC racial harassment lawsuit which, as usual, alleged that the N-word was used.  

Apparently, an African-American chef at the restaurant:

“was subjected to frequent verbal harassment and offensive language by co-workers. The harassment included the regular […]

Sing It With Pride Boomers: “Talkin ‘Bout My G… G …G … Generation”*

The more things change …

The latest internet “controversy” is the meme/joke/slur/put down/just kidding “OK, Boomer.” The number of articles and blog posts about this is astounding. Hit a nerve, maybe?

Is it, as some argue, ageist? A workplace no-no? Or is it, as other argue, just a ribbing and not to be taken seriously?  Like a […]

“Stupid Ass N *****” — Noooo, Not Enough To Be Considered Racial Harassment

Some time ago I analyzed court cases regarding the use of the N-word and nooses in workplace racial harassment cases.  I found in my (admittedly small, but not that small) sample, that either the N-word, a nooses, or both, were used in the vast majority of such cases.

Since the federal standard for hostile workplace is “severe […]

Disabled Worker Settles Suit Against (Guess) … Provider of Disability Services

Chalk up another easy settlement for the EEOC – an ADA disability lawsuit by an employee who worked for a non-profit which … (take a guess) … provides job opportunities to people with disabilities!

Yes, here’s another health care or related provider which ignored our constant refrain that they are in the cross hairs of the […]

Mushroom Farm: The Poison of Sexual Harassment Grows In The Dark

The EEOC says that “rotecting vulnerable workers, including immigrant and migrant workers, and underserved communities from discrimination is one of the Commission’s Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP) priorities.”

What is a “vulnerable worker?”

Workers are “vulnerable” to discrimination and harassment for many reasons and in many situations, mostly evidenced by their powerlessness and the low […]

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 […]