Seriously, did you really expect DLA Piper to tar and feather Nicholas West, one of its U.K. partners, just because he made lewd, offensive comments about women?
As AmLaw Daily reported yesterday, West and his client Richard Scudamore, the head of U.K.’s top soccer league, The Premier League, left a trail of emails studded with heavy-handed sexist remarks. Let’s just say their exchanges about women weren’t exactly high-brow. Here’s a refresher:
West wrote that he had “spent all day fending [Premier League planning and projects director Peta Bistany, whom the pair referred to as “Edna”] off my graphite shaft.”
West, whose biography on the DLA website appears to have been scrubbed of all information, also referred elsewhere to women as “gash” and “big-titted broads.”
But this West episode can’t be a morale booster for women at DLA. It also seems to confirm a view I’ve often espoused: Firms will tolerate sexism (and most forms of bad behavior)—so long as they can get away with it—particularly if the perpetrator is a big rainmaker.
I can only assume that West is bringing in barrels of rain.
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