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"One of the lawyers, an extremely competitive "superjock", is literally a loose cannon who goes off on people for no apparent reason"
I love my job; it's the undercurrent that I hate. I work
in a small law firm of 6 lawyers. One of the lawyers, a 40-year old
extremely competitive "superjock", is literally a loose cannon
who goes off on people for no apparent reason,
Everyone other than his partners has been a victim of his abuse, but I managed to avoid becoming his target until a period of several weeks when, for no apparent reason. Here are 3 examples:
The behaviour you describe is abusive and harassing. My suggestion
is that the five women working in your firm meet with the senior or
managing partner and provide details of the behaviour. You would be
best to provide written
He should be required to take anger management training and also training
in how to manage staff in a program
Thanks for writing to Office-Politics.
Dr. John Burton
Feedback from an Office-Politics reader:
Dear Office Politics:
I read the letter on your website from "victims" regarding the attorney in their office who was a "loose" cannon. I also experienced a similar situation, and lost my job.
In our law firm, we had an attorney that was so condescending to the staff that he went through three secretaries in the eight months that I worked there. I was a paralegal for the firm. One day, through a memo, it was announced that the secretary that was working for him was going to be moved to another attorney. (She had told me that he took it out on her that they had moved his previous secretary, and she had to work with him.) On that day, while my door was closed, he barged into my office three times looking for documents that were in the file, although he would not go through the file himself. I stopped and got the information for him. On the fourth time, he came in and was upset that he could not find a judgment we recorded listed on the County Recorder's website. I looked through the file, and found our recorded document. When I showed it to him, he started yelling at me and telling me he knew that it was in the file. His instructions were unclear, so I told him I did not know what he meant and that he was talking down to me. He closed the door to my office, and proceeded to stick his finger in my face as I was sitting at my desk and yell at me with his face turning bright red. He told me that he wasn't talking down to me and I said he was. He started yelling about another document that was supposed to be recorded. I didn't know what he was talking about, and he became even angrier (it turns out he gave that document to someone else to record - which they did not do.) I got up and opened my door. He continued to yell several people lined up at the end of the hallway to listen to him yell at me. When it was over, I closed my door and proceeded to get the information for him. Four people knocked on my door and asked me if I was ok. They had heard everything, and said that they would support me if I needed.
Later, the office manager came in and told me that they would have
to let me go. When I mentioned that he had this trouble with many people
in the office (in fact one girl walked out twice the week before, and
returned to her job), they said that people were using this attorney
as a scapegoat.
Note: Franke James and Dr. John both advised the reader to contact a lawyer.
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