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July 8, 2010 4:22 PM

The Careerist: Show Them the Money

Posted by Vivia Chen

Women lawyers will find cold comfort in the latest findings from the Project for Attorney Retention (PAR) and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA). A new report from the two organizations finds that the majority of 700 women partners surveyed feel they are getting shafted where it really counts: compensation.

More than half of women equity partners and two-thirds of women income partners and minority partners are unhappy about their compensation. This contrasts with an earlier study, says the PAR-MCCA report, which found that 71 percent of men "reported high levels of satisfaction with their compensation systems."

Even more astounding: Nearly a third of the women partners report being "bullied, threatened, or intimidated out of origination credit."  

And yes, the bullies were male partners, says Joan Williams, director of PAR. "I don't know of one story of a woman pressuring another woman for origination credit," she says. "Zero is a pretty compelling number."

Three-quarters of the study's respondents work in firms with over 250 lawyers, while only 4 percent work in firms of ten or fewer lawyers.

CLICK HERE for more on the PAR-MCCA report.


If you have topics you'd like to discuss, or information to share for The Careerist, e-mail Vivia Chen at VChen@alm.com.


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