Partnership Decisions and Discrimination

9 Pages Posted: 8 Mar 2010

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Christine Neylon O'Brien

Boston College - Carroll School of Management

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.

Suggested Citation

O'Brien, Christine Neylon, Partnership Decisions and Discrimination (March 7, 1985). Business Law Review, Vol. 18, No. 43, pp. 43-50, 1985, Available at SSRN:

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