"Dentons has been sued in New York state court by a current employee [Krunali Parekh] who alleges she has been subjected to a repeated pattern of sexual harassment by a managing director [Alton Delane] of the firm's venture capital group." - Roy Storm, The American Lawyer, June 11, 2018. Here is that article.
Maybe this is Dentons' standard policy in these kinds of situations or it may reflect the #MeToo times: Delane has been placed on administrative leave.
In Europe, there had been an earlier allegation of inappropriate behavior against Dentons. The partner left the firm.
Parekh is employed at the firm as a non-lawyer business development expert. Here is a copy of the 20-page lawsuit. She is represented by David Gottlieb at Wigdor. That law firm had also participated in sexual harassment cases against Fox, Uber, and Harvey Weinstein's company.
Of course, a lawsuit of this kind can throw shade on brand. The issue is hot and members of the media will run with it.
In the book "Disrupted," about a startup, there is this anecdote: The boss tells the subordinate he can make a lot of mistakes. But one of them can't be perceived sexual misconduct. Do that and you never work again.
One wonders if the legal services niche will be equally unforgiving.
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