A sexual harassment lawsuit filed by Susan Hickman, a former equity partner at Chicago's Hinshaw & Culbertson, again calls into question whether partners can use federal workplace discrimination laws against their firms. Similar to the pending age discrimination case brought by 32 of Sidley Austin's former partners, the suit alleges that the firm violated discrimination laws that apply to employer-employee relationships. The outcome may hinge on the amount of management control Hickman had as a partner.
Ex-Partner's Lawsuit Highlights Title VII Issues
The National Law Journal
September 1, 2006
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