Two high profile gender discrimination lawsuits against law firms could have the unintended consequence of setting back progress for women of color. Surely, prudent hiring committees at law firms will factor in the possibility of that kind of litigation if they welcomed another woman of color aboard. Why take on that risk in an already volatile industry?
Both "Ramdhanie v. Clifford Chnace" and "Nelson v. Jones Day" have as plaintiffs black females. Both have had bashlash against the contentions of the plaintiffs by those supposedly in the know. However, both lawsuits exist and, given their "sexy" content, are receiving probably much more than their rightful share of media attention. If I were a woman of color seeking a career in legal practice, be it an attorney or staff member, I would be plenty anxious.