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Rick McKnight steps down as Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day’s Los Angeles office

Less than a month after eBossWatch broke the story about the racial harassment and discrimination lawsuit that was filed against Jones Day, the law firm just announced that it has replaced Frederick “Rick” McKnight, the Managing Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day’s Los Angeles office.

According to the complaint filed in September by former Jones Day employee Jaki Nelson, McKnight “tolerated racist attitudes and conduct in the workplace.” 

For example, the complaint alleges that:

“Plaintiff is informed and believes that McKnight himself loudly proclaimed one day that ‘A nigger robbed me!’ when discussing a situation when he was allegedly robbed.”

“McKnight also displayed a callous indifference to Plaintiff’s complaints of harassment and discrimination and turned a blind eye to Plaintiff when it came to her reporting the abusive conduct….”

“Plaintiff is informed and believes that McKnight engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct with Jones Day employees, including a young African American female, which seriously eroded his credibility and leadership in the Los Angeles office.”

“Plaintiff herself was subjected to offensive staring at her private areas by McKnight which made her feel as though McKnight viewed African American females as sexual objects and not worthy of protection from harassment, discrimination and retaliation as experience by Plaintiff in the Los Angeles office of JONES DAY.”

Rick McKnight steps down as Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day’s Los Angeles office
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