Culture Of Subtle Discrimination Still Evident At Firms

Law360, New York (August 22, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- So-called micro-inequities — elusive forms of discrimination and disapproval — remain entrenched in the culture of large law firms and may explain the sorry retention rates of female and minority attorneys, experts say.

The term "micro-inequities" was coined in 1973 by Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Mary Rowe to describe the glass-ceiling phenomenon and refers to real but almost imperceptible forms of discrimination that, though not unlawful, reinforce the stereotypes and inequity that persist in the workplace today.

While some lawyers and recruiters insist micro-inequities are...
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