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Amid Layoffs, Firms Can Take Steps To Prevent Suits

Law360 (April 8, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- When faced with a reduction in force, law firms are well served to follow the old adage: he who represents himself has a fool for a client.

Some firms should strongly consider seeking guidance when conducting a layoff – just as they would advise any other corporation or business to do, employment lawyers say.

While there are a few things that might distinguish one firm from others, like partnership and signing bonuses, all firms face the same potential pitfalls, including employment discrimination claims.

“The first thing...
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