Robert Gentel--Do you really think so? Raw Discrimination? I don't think that argument would hold up in relation to law firms. There are now more women graduating from law school than men. The studies with which I am familiar show that women from the top twenty law schools are disproportionatly represented in government jobs such as the Justice Department and legal branches of the government inDC and major American cities.
When one examines the roster of law firms and the number of Associates that begin in Big Law at very good salaries-$200,000 to start ( bonus included), there are about five women to every six men. By the time that the women would get to be partners the ratio falls to three women to every six men.
Discrimination? If you say that the law firm states--" If you can't pull your weight for sixty or seventy hours a week, you wont make partner here', is discrimination, then OK. Otherwise, it is only law firms trying to maximize their profits.