Simpson Grierson’s moves to photoshop champagne glasses from the hands of law graduates is yet another demonstration of the sensitivity – some might say bare-faced fear – firms face in the wake of the #Metoo furore.
The image, which has now been removed from the firm’s social media sites, showed firm graduates at the 2018 graduation who had been given champagne to celebrate their admission to the bar.
But despite their new profession and age, the firm appears to believe they are not qualified to go to the bar for a drink, digitally removing the glasses with no more than a thank you.
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News site Newsroom reported the firm’s creativity, quoting
human resources consultant in charge of the law graduates and summer clerks, Poncho Rivera-Pavon saying –
“We’re very aware of sometimes the media misconstruing things and making it look like it’s all about them having a drink at work. We wanted to make it all about their admission and how important it is for them, so we decided to remove them.”
It appears for Simpson Grierson, champagne may no longer be a sign of celebration, but rather a sign of potential PR fallout and misconception.