Shaylyn Cochran is an Associate at Cohen Milstein and a member of the firm’s Civil Rights & Employment Practice Group. Prior to joining Cohen Milstein, Ms. Cochran was a Relman Civil Rights Fellow, litigating federal fair housing and employment discrimination matters.
Ms. Cochran represents female employees alleging sexual discrimination against one of the nation's largest jewelry chains in Jock, et al. v. Sterling Jewelers Inc., a nationwide Title VII gender discrimination and Equal Pay Act case currently being litigated in arbitration. In Jock, the arbitrator recently certified a class estimated to include 44,000 current and former female retail sales associates, working at Sterling stores throughout the country, who have pay and promotions discrimination claims against the company. Ms. Cochran also is involved in a series of cases in Chicago alleging a pattern of race discrimination against African-American laborers, in which temporary staffing agencies and the client companies that they service have engaged in a practice of excluding African Americans from temporary laborer positions throughout the metropolitan area.
In addition to litigating several employment discrimination cases, Ms. Cochran also is part of the team representing the Equal Rights Center in Equal Rights Center v. Equity Residential, a federal fair housing lawsuit challenging Equity Residential’s nationwide pattern or practice of designing and constructing multi-family housing complexes in violation of the accessibility requirements of the federal Fair Housing Act. The action challenges FHA violations at 300 Equity Residential properties and seeks relief to ensure that Equity Residential’s properties are accessible to people with disabilities and to enforce the standards of the FHA.
Ms. Cochran earned her B.S. and B.A. from Ohio University, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, 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.