A Law Firm Finds New Ways To Be Unethical

Now remember, it’s only a complaint so far, and the law firm involved will have its own version of the story (though I’m betting on an out of court settlement before this becomes a law suit.) Still, this case suggests that there are still new vistas in unethical law firm conduct to be explored.

A “Mad Men”-style law firm required all of its female secretaries and non-legal personnel to wear high heels. One of them who was unaccustomed to wearing heels tripped on the carpeting, injuring her back. When she returned to work, the firm refused to make any accommodations for her due to the injury, such as not requiring her to lift heavy objects.


5 thoughts on “A Law Firm Finds New Ways To Be Unethical

  1. Required to wear high heels? Why? Dress code? High heels are known to the public to make the rear look nice and perky. How is it that no one brought a sexual harassment suit based on that criteria alone?

  2. Give me a break.

    They want the WOMEN to look long-legged and sexy. Period.

    This is not a matter of ponying up for medical reimbursement, it should be a case of sexual harassment.

    Are the men in the firm required to wear specific types of shoes, suits, hair styles, etc.? Why is the firm singling out women and their shoes? Are female partners similarly singled out for their shoe wear? Why haven’t these questions been asked?

    It is clear to me that this law firm is objectifying its female employees. Why not make them wear Bunny suits? And then make it worse by not paying for injuries incurred by their ridiculous “dress code.’

    Sue the bunch of them. For sexual harassment, guys.

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  4. When I temped in NYC and DC-metro, I told the temp agency I WOULD NOT WORK in any office that required a skirt. Professional wear- even a suit every day- fine. NO to a required skirt. Ditto with pantyhose or whatever regionalism name you give them. Sexist and irksome, and though it didn’t occur to me to think of the EEOC, I would not work there. And I was not alone. No guy ever had to stick to such rules. Ever.

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