Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Who am I to ignore a request from such an eminent blogger as Belle Lettre? She brings to my attention an article in the New York Times by Adam Liptak and wonders what its employment discrimination ramifications are.
How abou two posts, Belle? Rick writes below about an Adam Liptak article in which law students are grading law firms based on diversity. She wants my expert reaction.
Now, my first reaction is similar to that of eric over at the Debris Blog:
So students from elite law schools will know at which firms woman, people of color, and LBGT people have the best opportunities to make bucketloads of money working on behalf of corporate power.
Taking Belle's question a little less cynically, I am not sure what the employment discrimination issues are. The firms may respond by seeking to hire more diversity candidates, but as long as they don't have quotas and take other factors into consideration when hiring, there shouldn't be an employment discrimination issue. Of course, over-eager firms may put in place a de facto quota and find itself being sued under a reverse discrimination theory.