The legal profession cannot escape its own #MeToo moment, but it can respond to the voices emerging from the silence by implementing meaningful changes. This is the key lesson learned from a groundbreaking survey conducted by the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts.

In response to the #MeToo movement and the enormous focus on workplace behaviors that profoundly impact careers, the WBA, in partnership with the Rikleen Institute for Strategic Leadership, developed a survey to provide greater insight into the law firm environment. The survey results demonstrated that by ignoring negative conduct and bullying behaviors, law firms are paying a price in terms of employee engagement, higher attrition, diminished reputation and increased litigation risks.

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