University of Houston general counsel Dennis Duffy has become the topic of water coolerconversation among labor and employment lawyers, but it has little to do with hisexemplary r�sum� of Ivy League schools, law school teaching positions and a term asgeneral counsel of the federal government’s Office of Compliance.

On May 26 and June 30, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found theboard-certified labor and employment lawyer and his office in violation of Title VII ofthe Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 fordenying former assistant general counsel Susan Septimus, 51, a promotion, subjecting herto a hostile, abusive work environment and retaliating against her after she complained.

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