Over at Above the Law, there is an email from an associate who was recently terminated by Paul Hastings.
Now, I have never experienced a miscarriage (mostly because I am male). However, having worked for a smaller, pettier firm, I know what its like to be told that the work is good and then to be blindsided by performance review which bears no relation to reality. The performance review that says the attorney has failed in numerous areas, but there is no empirical evidence to back up the assertions.
Carolyn Elefant, over at thinks this was the wrong response (she also suggest that she blogged about it, even though I can not find that this associate did). I disagree. Now, I am not an employment specialist, but I don't think this is going to hurt her case. Of course, Paul Hastings is not going to rescind their termination of her employment (law firms never admit to errors against their own employees).
I have to say, I wish I could have written this email when I was leaving my former firm. However, unlike this unnamed associate, I did not have enough in the bank to do that.
Mrs. AngryBell has this to say, "I want to be on that jury. They do this to women all the time in big firms. As a man, you can be mediocre and make partner. As a woman, one little misstep and you are gone. Every time Paul Hastings opens their mouth, I would just add another zero to that judgment."