Former Ropes & Gray Associate Sues Firm Alleging Racial Bias [USA]

Author: Sheri Qualters, Texas Lawyer, Published on: 5 August 2011

A former associate [John Ray] at Boston's Ropes & Gray has filed a racial discrimination and retaliation case against the firm, 13 of its partners and the firm's former chief people officer in Boston federal court...Ray's claims against the firm include breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, discrimination and retaliation...and unfair methods of competition. He has also brought a breach-of-contract claim that alleges the firm broke a [non-discrimination] promise in its policy manual...Ray's complaint alleges that, in 2008,...he was asked by a Ropes & Gray partner to be the "token black associate" and a "black face" in a meeting with a prospective bank client facing allegations that it discriminated against black residents in the Boston neighborhood of Dorchester by arbitrarily adding extra percentage points to their interest rates...In a written statement, the firm said the claims are baseless and "we are confident the court will dismiss the matter. [also refers to Cravath, Swaine & Moore; Jenner & Block]

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