Richard Cohen was quoted in the Corporate Counsel article “Is the Workplace the Right Forum to Discuss Race?” While the full text can be found in the July 24, 2013, issue of Corporate Counsel, a synopsis is noted below.
With President Obama recently imploring Americans to use the workplace as a forum for discussions about race, various attorneys are weighing in. Some caution that framing the conversation in the wrong way in the workplace could result in a lawsuit and that corporate counsel should be consulted on such discussions.
Richard Cohen believes corporate counsel will rarely advise employers to broach the topic of race. “Someone who’s about to be fired might claim that the fact the employer brought up race in the workplace during lunch hour shows that the employer has race on his or her mind, so there could be some raised animus,” Cohen noted.