MeToo finds a way.
A junior lawyer at the London office of Proskauer Rose has left the firm after alleging harassment against a partner.
The associate at the US firm reported the partner for acting inappropriately towards her, sources told RollOnFriday. The associate was "harassed" by the partner until she quit, said a source, and has now taken a job at another City firm.
The partner remains at Proskauer, but last Friday London Managing Partner Mary Kuusisto and the firm's compliance officer called an unusual 'townhall' meeting in which staff were informed that allegations had been made.
Management did not identify the partner to staff, but it "reminded everyone to act appropriately" and "to remember their obligations", according to a second source. A third source provided his name to RollOnFriday.
Evidence of the alleged harassment and the form it took has not been disclosed, but credit must be given to all involved for not letting lockdown, remote working and social distancing prevent a #metoo incident from raising its head.
“Proskauer does not tolerate disrespectful or inappropriate behaviour and holds everyone in our Firm to the highest standards of conduct", the firm said in a statement.
"We encourage anyone to report behaviour that they believe violates Proskauer’s policies and provide confidential avenues to do so. We follow strict protocols to investigate complaints. Proskauer remains committed to ensuring everyone in our Firm is treated with respect and dignity.”
Last year a Proskauer solicitor claimed a toxic working environment compelled him to lie to partners about failing an exam, and that a partner had told him to "fuck off and cry to HR", but the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal dismissed his allegations and ordered him to be struck off.
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