Applicability of Federal Antidiscrimination Legislation to the Selection of a Law Partner

The decision by the members of a law partnership to invite an associate of the firm to become a partner involves careful consideration of the associate’s qualifications. Recently some associates who have been denied advancement to partnership have alleged improper consideration of religion, national origin, or sex in the partner selection process. There are, of course, practical difficulties in proving discrimination in the subjective context of partnership selection. Assuming clear evidence of such discrimination, this Note addresses the question whether an associate may invoke the protection of federal antidiscrimination legislation.