Shaylyn Cochran is a Partner at Cohen Milstein and a member of the firm’s Civil Rights & Employment Litigation practice. Prior to joining Cohen Milstein, Ms. Cochran was a Relman Civil Rights Fellow, litigating federal fair housing and employment discrimination matters.
Ms. Cochran focuses on employment and civil right class actions involving discrimination claims, including age, gender, race, and/or disability discrimination.
Ms. Cochran’s current cases include:
- Jock, et al. v. Sterling Jewelers Inc. (A.A.A.; S.D.N.Y.): Cohen Milstein represents a putative class of more than 69,000 female employees of Sterling Jewelers, one of the nation's largest jewelry chains, in a nationwide Title VII gender discrimination and Equal Pay Act case. Plaintiffs claim they were subjected to a pattern of pay and promotions discrimination.
- Estle, et al. v. IBM (S.D.N.Y.): Cohen Milstein represents former employees of IBM Corporation in a putative age discrimination class action against the tech giant. Plaintiffs were terminated by IBM beginning in 2016 via systematic layoffs. All the plaintiffs were over the age of 40 at the time.
- National Association of the Deaf Litigation v. Harvard and MIT (D. Mass.): Cohen Milstein represents hearing impaired individuals in putative disability discrimination class actions against Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Plaintiffs allege that the schools’ expansive online content do not included closed captioning and are not readily accessible to hearing-impaired individuals.
- Temporary Employment Staffing Agency Litigation (N.D. Ill.): Cohen Milstein is involved in a series of race-based discrimination class actions in Chicago, representing African-American laborers who allege that their temporary staffing agencies and their factory-clients engaged in a repeated and collusive practice of excluding African Americans from temporary laborer positions.
Ms. Cochran’s recent successes include:
- Stanley, et al. v. BarBri, Inc. (N.D. Tex.): In January 2018, Cohen Milstein clients, blind law students, successfully settled a disability discrimination class action against BarBri, Inc. – host of the country’s largest attorney bar exam prep course. Plaintiffs alleged that BarBri’s test prep offerings, including its mobile application, website and course materials, were inaccessible to visually impaired students in violation of the Americans with Disability Act and a similar Texas state law.
- Equal Rights Center v. Equity Residential (D. Md.): In March 2016, the Court ruled in favor of the Equal Rights Center, the Plaintiff, on the parties’ cross summary judgment motions in a Fair Housing Act design-and-construction case involving more than 300 multi-family housing properties across the United States developed by Equity Residential. In November 2014, the U. S. Department of Justice filed a Statement of Interest in support of the Equal Rights Center.
As a result of her work, Ms. Cochran was named by Legal 500 as a Rising Star (2019) and named a Super Lawyers Rising Star (2017-2019).
Ms. Cochran earned her B.S. and B.A. from Ohio University, graduating summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and Valedictorian, and her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she received the Dean’s Award for Community Leadership. While a law student, Ms. Cochran served as a litigation intern at the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the Disability Rights Section at the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division. For two years during law school, Ms. Cochran also was a student attorney at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, where she represented indigent clients on family law matters. She also served as president of the Harvard Black Law Students Association.