Can't even put a stapler in jelly these days, or wear a white pointy hood to work.
Walker Morris has said it has "further work to do" following an Asian woman's complaint that she suffered racial harassment while she worked at the firm.
The former employee has provided the Solicitors Regulation Authority with more than 20 examples of what she claims is evidence of "a culture of racism and discrimination" at the Leeds-based firm.
In her complaint, a copy of which was obtained by RollOnFriday, 'Aisha' (not her real name) alleges that in one incident a colleague sent a text message to another team member stating that a "stupid paki taxi driver" had hit her car.
Aisha raised the matter with HR, but claims that she was initially given the excuse that the texter "only said the word ‘paki’ because she was stressed and she was raised in a white area". The firm did arrange an apology meeting, although Aisha said it was not mediated and that she was dissatisfied when the texter told her, "I'm sorry, I didn't mean to call you a paki, it was at someone else".
After the same colleague had a spray tan, she allegedly told the team that she was now the "same colour" as a Pakistani team member, and on another occasion referred to Arabs as "towelheads". Aisha claims she reported the latter incident to management, but "nothing happened", and instead rumours were circulated by staff that she was "angry and aggressive".
"This was perpetuating a culture that just because I was offended by racial slurs being used I [was] being 'aggressive'", Aisha claims.
Walker Morris held diversity and inclusion workshops for its staff, but Aisha's complaint alleges that the training exposed attitudes to race which indicated the firm had a problem requiring the SRA's attention.
When the attendees were presented with an example of discrimination in which a handwash dispenser did not recognise black and Asian skin tones, one director commented that it "should recognise black and brown skin, because [it's] the same as having dirty skin", claims Aisha.
Her complaint describes how other staff griped after the session that the training made them feel as if "they can't have a laugh anymore at work or make any jokes".
Other non-white staff were also victimised, alleges Aisha, including a Pakistani colleague whose head of department allegedly made him stand next to a partner who had just returned from holiday with a tan. The manager allegedly joked that the partner was "even darker" than the Pakistani colleague, and the comparison was “met with laughter from others", says Aisha.
In another incident a different partner allegedly commented, "I bet he’s got those from his corner shop", when a Sikh employee walked past with a bag of nuts.
An SRA spokesperson told RollOnFriday, "We have had a complaint and are looking into it before deciding on next steps".
In a statement, Walker Morris said it was "committed to providing a working environment where all colleagues, irrespective of race, religion, gender or sexuality are treated with respect", and that, "We take any allegation of racism within the firm with the utmost seriousness and we have a robust grievance procedure in place to address any issues of this nature"
It said the firm had not yet been made formally aware of the SRA complaint and was awaiting full details, but that "Grievances raised with the firm have been formally investigated internally and we recognise there is further work to do to reinforce a culture of diversity and inclusion. This includes the ongoing roll-out of a programme of education to all, and diversity forums established to deliver meaningful progress".