DLA partner in Scudamore scandal: "I let myself, my firm and its clients down"

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  • Pattern of bad behaviour and poor judgement at DLA. Sexist emails, "churn thsat bill", the DLA Mid East Debacle (wikileaks has the censoref article)...

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  • Sensible to make the apology. But I cannot see this damaging Nick West or DLA. Indeed, will probably enhance Nick West's career. A bit of a badge of honour. Call me unreconstructed.....or a realist.

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  • No such thing as bad publicity.

    Surprised we've not seen comment yet from Peta "Edna" Bistany...

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  • I, for one, was truly and deeply offended by what I am told was written (even though I haven't read it myself) - sack the lot...!

    That's enough vicarious offence for 1 day - ED

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  • Of course if this had been a junior associate making an error of judgment through lack of experience, they'd be sacked. But that wouldn't leave so much of a hole in DLA's coffers.

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  • I genuinely would not like to work with anyone who finds it acceptable to refer to women as "gash" and to clients as well. Way to go on supporting your female staff, DLA. Slow hand clap.....

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  • @ Dayglo Dave

    Neither unreconstructed nor a realist, just an overgrown schoolboy from one of the less enlightened minor public schools, to be pitied rather than condemned.

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  • I would genuinely like to see if there would have been the same uproar had it been two women discussing a man. Unlikely.

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  • John - it is very annoying when this argument is raised. Sexism towards men is recognised in the same proportion that it exists: the reason this issue has become so prominent, and - as you suggest - probably wouldn't cause the same outcry if the roles were reversed, is that misogyny is so much more more prevalent than misandry - and much more harmful to the general perception of women in what is meant to be a respectable, and respectful, industry.

    The practice of objectifying men is nowhere near as embedded in our culture as the practice of objectifying women. Comments like these have much more impact women's status in society than equivalent comments about a man would have.

    An objectified man will always be taken more seriously than an objectified woman.

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  • I would genuinely like to know if Jon thinks that the position of men and women in the workplace and society is equal. Because that's when it becomes appropriate to take the position (implicit in his comment) that comments between two women would have been equivalent.

    It's good that Mr West has apologised. But why hasn't DLA taken any disciplinary action against him?

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