In THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL, Sheri Qualters reports that the plaintiff had not acted in good faith when he filed a claim with the EEOC or made that accusation to Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow. The jury was composed of one African American male, four white males, and three white women. Here is that coverage.
There could be profound implications from this decision. Ray could continue to have difficulty getting work in the legal sector. He contended that Ropes & Gray had poisoned the well. Well now it could be that he did that himself through this lawsuit.
His career had been golden before his trouble with Ropes & Gray. For example, prior to joining Ropes & Gray he had been employed at Cravath, Swaine & Moore as well as Jenner Black.
Another ramification of this fast jury decision is that it may discourage others who feel their employer had retaliated against them from taking any kind of action. They might not file a complaint internally at the employer's. They might not approach any government agency. And they might not file a lawsuit as Ray had done.
The highest profile media outlets such as Abovethelaw.com and Bloomberg Business Week would do a public service by tracking Ray's future professional life and the fate of others who push back against what they perceive as retaliation.