LGBTQ Law Students Slam Gibson Dunn Arbitration Policy

Law360 (November 6, 2019, 10:08 PM EST) -- A coalition of law school student groups published a letter Wednesday calling out Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP for the firm’s use of mandatory arbitration, saying the policy has a disparate impact on LGBTQ employees.

LGBTQ student groups at more than a dozen law schools, including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Georgetown, Stanford, Michigan, Berkeley and the University of Pennsylvania, co-authored the letter with a young lawyers’ network called the People’s Parity Project.

The letter singled out Gibson Dunn for requiring paralegals, legal secretaries and other non-attorney hires to sign agreements to arbitrate any employment-related disputes, calling the practice “unfair” and “highly secretive.”...

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