Employment Lawyer Fined $7K For 'Female Energy' Remarks

By Kat Sieniuc (March 22, 2017, 7:34 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Tuesday fined an employment attorney $7,706 for saying that a Reed Smith LLP partner was displaying "female energy" during a deposition, calling the comment unprofessional and suggesting the lawyer undergo sensitivity training.

The Feb. 2 sanctions motion accused plaintiff's attorney Michael Hoffman of calling Reed Smith's Michele Beilke names and saying a conspiracy of  "female energy" in the deposition room made him feel uncomfortable.

In an order granting Reed Smith's request for sanctions against Hoffman, U.S. Magistrate Judge Kandis A. Westmore also referred Hoffman to the court's standing committee on professional conduct for further investigation....

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