Well, the powers that be at BigLaw firm Sedgwick aren't the buttoned-down circumspect group that we might have counted on their being. After all, this is a group who knows how seriously language is taken in legal discourse.
In response to the insurance partner in the Chicago office, Traci Ribeiero's lawsuit for alleged gender discrimination, they filed a motion compelling arbitration. The tone and words it contains would make even cynical members of the legal sector bug-eyes.
That filing, reports lawyer-journalist Kathryn Rubino at Abovethelaw:
" ... teems with anger calling the plaintiff and the lawsuit 'self-serving,' 'quisling' [meaning traitorous], and 'disingenuous.'"
Here is Rubino's complete coverage of the filing. It will likely go down in legal history as an example of the ugly underside of power in law firms.
The right to sue, even for employees against their employer, is a strength of the U.S. legal system. That, of course, makes the wording in Sedwick's motion for arbitration all the more of a stunner. In the same request, well to circumvent a court trial, the law firm positions and packages its opponent as, well, a lowlife.