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Lawyer Fired After Attacking Colleague Who Took Maternity Leave

A Cleveland-based law firm dismissed a senior attorney last month following the fallout stemming from a text he sent to a colleague who had resigned and moved to another firm after being on maternity leave. So reports Axios.

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Another attorney shared the text on LinkedIn, without naming names, to bring attention to toxic culture at corporate law firms. Dileno later told a local media publication that he sent the text and also apologized, noting that his text did not “reflect my values nor the values of Zashin & Rich,” Smart Company reports. “I am sorry for any hurt that I may have caused.” 

In an initial statement, the law firm’s managing partner, Stephen Zashin, initially condemned the text, noting that Dileno sent it “in the heat of the moment.” But hours later amid ongoing outrage, the firm put out a statement confirming Dileno was no longer working there. “Maybe you can get away with ‘heat of the moment’ over a phone call, but someone initiated a text conversation, typed a bunch of characters, and edited that message,” Joe Patrice wrote in Above the Law, a legal publication. “That's not heat of the moment, that's a sustained lack of professional judgment.”

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