There's more to a secretary than dictation and photocopying and as one lawyer now knows, it's worthwhile treating your secretary well - especially if they know your dirty little secrets.
The ABA Law Journal reports that New Jersey litigator David Gross may soon be disbarred following revelations from his secretary that her boss failed to disclose e a $50,000 check to his partners.
The secretary in question, Claudette McCarthy, told the New Jersey Disciplinary Review Board that she had a good working relationship with her boss, until he asked her to also undertake some secretarial work for his wife - also a lawyer at the firm. McCarthy claims she was refused vacation and called a "F**cking idiot" by her boss and thus revealed the cheque as payback.
It's a long fall from grace for Gross, a former president of a prominent New Jersey association who has learnt not only a hard lesson in ethics, but also in simply being nice.