The Bitterness Continues: Do Ugly Lawyers Make Better Employees?

We had so many great entries in the Bitter is the New Black contest, that we had to post some of the other entries. Hopefully, your story won’t sound so bad after reading these.

I was hired at a law firm on Long Island which deals with horribly boring no-fault law, and was employed for almost 6 months (12 days shy of 6 months to be exact). During my stay there, 9 out of 9 partners are men, their criteria for hiring new attorneys was: if ugly need not apply, and every single female attorney who has worked there long enough to make it to being considered for partner, has been fired for some obscene reason (like they used all their vacation days instead of coming to work). Also, the affairs the partners had with female workers (either attorneys or secretaries) was rampant and so obvious.

So, during my first few months I really enjoyed it. The work was boring, but since it was new to me, I enjoyed learning it. Then after a few more months, I realized that the work was dreadfully boring, but I always did my best. However, to my amazement, and almost everyone else’s, I was “let go” on March 7, 2006 because my work was not “up to par” . The reason was so vague and basically unimportant because I knew the truth, which was that I had almost reached the 6 month mark (which means that after 6 months, they must pay you unemployment), and since I wasn’t sleeping with any of the partners, and I was single and young, there was no point in keeping me.

The story continues after the jump.

I truly believe that if I was sleeping with one of the partners, I never would have been “let go of”. Also, I believe that if I was fat and ugly I also would not have been let go. But, because I am young, single and attractive and not sleeping with any of them, it was something that pissed all the partners off~ none of them could “get me”. Also, I believe that I fired because I did not “kill” myself to make my hours. All in all, I say that to every woman seeking a law job on Long Island, stay away from any large firm on Long Island where all the partners are males~ as a female you will not be promoted, and its a sick men’s club.

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