Don’t blame the secretary

legal secretray.gifEarlier in my legal career, while managing a downtown Houston law firm for 20 years, I tried to foster collegial relationships between the attorneys and staff. In that connection, one of my steadfast rules for attorneys when something went wrong was the following: Don’t blame a secretary.
This article — which reports on the uproar over a senior associate at a major law firm requiring his secretary to pay for removal of a ketchup stain from his clothing — reflects the validity of my rule.
Hat tip to Brian Leiter for the link to the article.

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