I read a tweet last night that really angered me.
I’ve spent my entire professional life representing companies in employment matters.
Defending lawsuits is one part of what I do.
In almost all cases, the employers I represented were not trying to discriminate. They were just trying to do the best they could to run their businesses.
Yet, I still triage all of my cases, advise my clients on risks, costs and outcomes, recommend settlement when appropriate, and always zealously represent their interests, to trial if necessary.
I also conduct internal investigations that help stop harassers, discriminators, and retaliators.
I advise employers on how legally to fire, and not fire, employees.
I train managers and supervisors on how to follow the law.
I advocate for the adoption of policies that expand employers’ legal responsibilities—LGBT rights and paid sick and parental leave, for example.
While I’m a management-side lawyer, I never stop supporting what I think is just and right.
I’m damn proud of what I do for a living. To suggest anything else does a grave disservice to our profession.
On issues of civil rights and justice, we should all be fighting for the same team, period.
Jon Hyman is a partner at Meyers, Roman, Friedberg & Lewis in Cleveland. Comment below or email email@example.com. Follow Hyman’s blog at Workforce.com/PracticalEmployer.