Posted Oct 17, 2007 12:13 pm CDT
An increasing number of law firms are seeking to neutralize jerks in the workplace. Among them are Perkins Coie and Duane Morris.
At Perkins Coie, associates who treat secretaries badly hurt their chances of becoming partner, and any jerk-like behavior results in meetings with the human-resources department, the Daily Business Review reports. In some cases, further counseling is required.
The unofficial policy has helped put the law firm on the list of the Top 100 Best Places to Work that is compiled by Fortune magazine.
At Duane Morris, partners who are abusive or territorial with clients had had leadership roles taken away and in some cases were forced out of the firm.
A recent ABAJournal.com post noted that abusive bosses are becoming an increasing concern in state legislatures. At least four states are considering legislation that would give workers the right to sue abusive bosses.