Tribunal rules against Travers in pregnancy discrimination case

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  • Unfortunately this kind of practice is quite common. The Law Society are next to useless in enacting change within the legal market.

    When I worked in a large regional firm I was the victim of a very nasty act by an associate who was pregnant with a partner's child. Suffice to say, she escaped punishment.

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  • Travers is added to the list of law firms to avoid like the plague.

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  • The company did not discrimminate,it was In the beat interest of the company to appropaiately dismiss the pregnant woman

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  • Shame on you Travers, Julian Bass and Andrew King. A well deserved win for Elizabeth George. If any city firms are reading this, this young lady is an excellent candidate for a job. The skill of any lawyer is to stand up and speak out when an injustice is done.

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  • To prevent this from happening again there needs to be a cultural shift amongst the workforce as well as an outward commitment to diversity.

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  • pretty robust comments from Travers. That might come back to haunt them if they ever face another claim.

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  • Terrible PR for for Travers who are now in damage limitation mode. Unless the tribunal's judgment was wrong in law or based on a misunderstanding of evidence (in which case Travers will no doubt appeal) there must always have been a real risk of losing at trial, in which case one simply can't understand why this case was not settled out of court commercially.

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  • The general attitude shown by many partners (not just at Travers) is that they can behave how they like, irrespective of what the law says. The case is just one example of this behaviour. The lesson is this: if you're going to ignore the law, either be prepared to settle the resulting court cases or cover your tracks better!

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  • To Anonymous 18-May-2013 7:06 am - your comment is obviously stupid. In addition, you are unable to spell correctly. Are you some form of troll? On the case itself, Travers looks bad, especially because they cannot take this on the chin without looking even worse, i.e. admitting the two-roles into one ruse.

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  • Interesting that the Tribunal dismissed the claims in relation to places in the other three teams she had a seat in. Although its obviously possible that the reduction in proposed real estate NQ positions was a result of her pregnancy, surely it's just as possible that the negative views of other partners as to her abilities were equally pursuasive when it came time to offer jobs. More than one trainee didn't make the grade after all..

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