“All right slaves, get back to work.”
Shocked? That was a real quote used by a real lawyer at a real law firm.
Yondi Morris-Andrews was sitting at a table, working on a document review in 2012, when she heard the partner utter those words. She was the only black person in the room and he was addressing a number of attorneys, so it wasn’t a racial thing, but the utterance definitely made her uneasy.“I looked around because I assumed that someone would say something,” says Morris-Andrews, of Chicago. “I knew then that that culture was not for me and that I wasn’t just offended because I was a black person. It offended me that it didn’t offend anyone else. I knew I needed to get out.”