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The Bottom Line Volume 34, No. 1, February 2013

Preventing Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation in California Law Offices

By Michael C. Robinson, Esq.Sessions & Kimball, LLC

Introduction

Attorneys and law offices are sometimes subject to claims for employment discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, despite being owned and operated by members of the bar with extensive knowledge of the law. Law firms are just as susceptible to employment law claims as other types of employers in California.

In Weeks v. Baker & McKenzie,1 a law firm was subject to a multimillion dollar verdict for a partner’s sexual harassment of a secretary. This verdict demonstrates that law firm employers must be aware of the ever-evolving laws regarding discrimination, harassment, or retaliation, and must be constantly vigilant to ensure that these do not occur in their offices.

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