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  1. alley rat
    alley rat April 7, 2005 at 5:20 pm |

    I love that defense.

    I once had a boss who was an asshole to everyone, but he was an extra special asshole to women. even assholes can be guilty of gender discrimination!

    (oh wait…yeah…maybe admitting that someone is a horrible person isn’t the best line of defense after all).

  2. John Dortmunder
    John Dortmunder April 13, 2005 at 10:31 am |

    I worked directly with Laura Zubulake (zoo-ba-lake) and her boss Matt Chapin. Here’s the real story:

    1. LZ was difficult to manage and not a team player. The securities industry was entering a serious downsizing mode (which happens about twice per decade) and the difficult to manage people are always the first to go. I think LZ saw this coming and it precipitated her filing with the EEOC…which in turn speeded up UBS’s effort eliminate her job. It is my understanding that she has a history of sueing employers.

    2. MC, her direct manager, has never discrimnated against women. He certainly made a lot of sexually/physically oriented comments about women in general, and some specifically, but he certainly didn’t single out any one particular person – especially not LZ. Women actually probably had a better chance to succeed under MC than men, and I saw him regularly promote women and/or assist them in working in a new market, etc…

    3. UBS is truly an oppressive place to work, and the HR and legal functions would remind you of East Germany before the wall fell…it’s a terrible situation. This applies equally to men and women, trust me. Also, I fully believe that they would lie in court about anything and everything, and I think this case bears this out.

    Conclusions:

    A. LZ did not deserve the awards she won, but I’m very happy she got them.

    B. MC made some stupid comments, but he’s really a very nice guy that was made into the fall guy on behalf of UBS. I know he didn’t discriminate against LZ.

    C. The UBS HR/legal people are really the ones that should have been the focal point of the UBS wrongdoings…and there were plenty of wrongdoings on their part.

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