Nonword 'Virilistic' Gets Atty Sanctioned For Sexism

Law360, New York (May 15, 2015, 7:46 PM EDT) -- A Washington state employment attorney was sanctioned $500 Friday for calling his opposing counsel in a $1 million sexual harassment suit, a woman, "virilistic," which is not a word, but which the presiding federal judge interpreted as a sexist slur related to the presence of male characteristics in a female.

Kevin W. Roberts a partner at Spokane, Washington-based Dunn Black & Roberts PS, used the word in a filing seeking attorneys' fees after the sexual harassment suit his client — a one-time bookkeeper at a public accounting firm — filed against her former employer was removed by the defendants and their...

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