Partnership Decisions and Discrimination
9 Pages Posted: 8 Mar 2010
Date Written: March 7, 1985
This article addresses the Hishon v. King & Spalding Supreme Court decision, and examines the opaque process of decisionmaking on partnership offers in a law firm during the era when women were just entering the legal profession in significant numbers. Concluding that partnerships were covered by the Title VII anti-discrimination mandate just like other employers were, the Court’s decision is hailed by the author as advancing a promotion process that is more transparent and governed by merit. The author notes that this decision will have a broad impact on the legal profession.
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