Many of us assumed that those mandatory company retreats would become a ghost of affluence past. Well, not in the legal sector. Only at California and Nevada law firm Morris Polich & Purdy there's even a new wrinkle, reports Elie Mystal in Abovethelaw.com.
Morris Polich & Purdy is hosting a two-day mandatory retreat at a hotel near Palm Springs this fall. There will be an "important" meeting early the second day. That means that those attending will be stuck there for two days. The law firm is only paying for the hotel cost [$150 per night] for junior members.
Why a law firm would adopt such a policy is puzzling, particularly when there are so many digital sites such as Abovethelaw.com and my own syndicated http://lawandmore.typepad.com. Like Superman, our mission is to be bring about truth, justice, and the American Way.
Clearly, we are concerned about the justice of imposing on the most vulnerable members of the firm, in these days the legal sector is downsizing, the cost of a hotel room for a meet-up the employer requires. That would be analogous to a company's holding a beauty contest among us vendors and requiring us to be registered at a certain hotel [maybe someone's brother-in-law owns it]. If the business being competed over is in a hot category and pays well, come on, some will cave and pony up the cost of the hotel room.
Never is it the right thing to do to exploit the vulnerable. It is an especially terrible crime against the soul during this worst of times. Perhaps the blogosphere should establish The Depression Hall Of Shame. Those who find themselves in it will be emotionally flogged.
My hunch is that, now that this practice is outed, Morris Polich & Purdy will pop for both nights.