Friday, May 13, 2005

Could Have Seen This Coming
Take a look at this story:
In a pact brokered by the New York County Lawyers' Association, more than 60 law firms have agreed to tell their corporate clients the composition of assigned legal teams by race, gender, ethnicity and sexual preference.

For several years, clients have asked law firms to sign statements in support of diversifying the legal profession. But with the formal agreement, firms have volunteered to put hard numbers behind their noble aspirations. According to the pact, "law firms should not object to requests by their corporate clients [to] report the number of hours devoted to the clients' matters by minority lawyers."

This Comment reacting to the story
at Volokh's blog struck me as very disturbing of the implications of some of our laws:

I can remember very well when we were told that we could not keep records by race or gender or age because it would lead to discrimination. The next year we had to prove we did not discriminate on race or gender or age. I was responsible for personnel/payroll/benefits computer processing programs for a major firm in New England. We used to keep race and gener and age in the educational slots on the records. That way when they required us to report that we were not discriminating, we had the info. The whole concept reeks of PC crap!! If you keep it you are breaking one law, if you don't you are breaking another. The whole LLL PC crap has made this part of a company hell on wheels to work in.

And God forbid somebody claims you discriminated. Then you have to produce reams of paper every month to prove you have not discriminated and all it takes is someone apply for a job and not get it and then complain that your discriminating against them was the reason. Someone needs to get in there and clear out all these PC laws that make corporate life impossible. Once someone complains to the government for any reason at all, whether it is true or not, you are stuck. I used to have to devote a full weekend running reports that ended up being 4 feet high, 6 copies, and send them to the federal government every month. The reason is that we did not have the percentage of blacks working that matched the population. Of course the fact that blacks were afraid to venture into that part of the city meant that we did not have any blacks applying, but that did not matter. It was all our fault. I developed a very bitter distaste for the federal government working on those systems. The laws were totally insane, but the professors at Harvard thought they were wonderful.

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