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Covington Gets Another Bias Claim Tossed; Promotion Policy Still at Issue


Covington & Burling secured another partial win Tuesday in a suit claiming the firm created a staff attorney ghetto filled with blacks and other minorities.

U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton dismissed a claim that the law firm had assigned a disproportionate number of African-American lawyers to staff attorney positions, the National Law Journal reports. The Washington, D.C., judge ruled plaintiff Yolanda Young did not suffer any injury by being hired as a staff lawyer, since that is the only position she had sought when she applied in 2005.

Just one claim remains in Young’s suit, the story says. It alleges the firm refuses to promote staff attorneys to associate, and the policy is discriminatory.

Previous coverage:

ABAJournal.com: “Federal Judge Revives Disparate Impact Claim re Covington & Burling’s Staff Attorney Policies”

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