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Exclusive: MPs launch blistering attack on Allen & Overy, question its commitment to diversity, say firm "can't even come clean"

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20 June 2018 14:09

A parliamentary select committee has accused Allen & Overy of not taking diversity seriously after the firm refused to disclose gender pay gap data.

As RollOnFriday revealed last week, the chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, Labour MP Rachel Reeves, wrote in May to the five Magic Circle firms demanding they disclose details of their partnership pay gap. A&O declined.

Today the committee published the five firms' responses and Reeves blasted A&O. “Allen & Overy can’t even come clean on its partner data now", she said. "It’s easy to talk the talk on diversity and inclusion, but if a business is dragging its feet on providing even basic information about its gender pay gap then it begs the question of how seriously it takes its responsibilities to valuing all its staff and how dedicated it is to committing to promote female associates to partner level".

Reeves clambered onto her high horse even though firms were under no duty to include partner data. Alluding to the failure of parliament to draft appropriate legislation, but shifting the blame onto A&O nonetheless, Reeves said, "It is clear there are weaknesses in the reporting requirements, which firms such as Allen & Overy have been able to exploit". She said the committee "shall be looking at what recommendations we can make to ensure that businesses are taking their responsibilities on fair pay seriously”.

Allen's essay was not up to scratch.   


An insider told ROF that the letters were drafted with one eye on their expected publication. They show all the firms (apart from A&O) bending over backwards to provide the overall salary and bonus gender pay gap figures. Here's how A&O stonewalled those nosy MPs:



And here are the letters, which give up all sorts of other man/woman/pay stat stuff:

Allen & Overy

Clifford Chance

Freshfields

Linklaters

Slaughter and May

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Incognitø
20/06/2018 15:05
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This is mindless virtue-signalling by grand-standing politicians. Multivariate analysis of the gender pay gap shows that it is largely the result of different career choices, freely made. See https://www.personneltoday.com/hr/jordan-peterson-gender-pay-gap-exist and http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=kate+andrews+pay+gap.

I have no links to Allen & Overy, I just regard the gender pay nonsense - and politicians’ attempts to use it to promote their own careers - with contempt.
anonymous user
20/06/2018 18:14
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@Incognitoat 15:05 - maybe start and finish with your "I just regard the gender pay nonsense... with contempt" comment. The rest is just waffle designed to self justify a position which global evidence strongly suggests is just built on bigotry and prejudice deliberately ignorant of pretty much all of history.
anonymous user
21/06/2018 09:44
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@anonymus user: It‘s fairly ironic that you do precisely that of which you accuse Icognito: Disregarding empirical data (that Icognito has cited, while you have resorted to terms like „bigotry“ instead). But thank you for making your post - it clearly demonstrates the current mindset which disregards science and tries to replace it with political agenda.
anonymous user
21/06/2018 16:16
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LOUD NOISES!!!!!!!!!