In the publication’s narrative that accompanies Duffy’s selection to the “Top 10 Leaders of the Pack” in employment law, Duffy was asked to describe the “biggest mistake he’s seen in his career,” and the “most significant change or development in employment law.”
The biggest mistake, Duffy responded, was “HR providing additional benefits or dispensation to employees who deserve to be fired, just because the company is concerned about getting sued. Also, making decisions on the fly when slowing the decision process down would lead to better results.”
The most significant change Duffy pointed out was the “tortification of labor and employment law and the rise of wrongful-discharge theories in the early 1980s combined with the 1991 Civil Rights Act, both of which created the possibility of not just reinstatement and back pay, but also the possibility of substantial damage awards to plaintiffs.”
Duffy, who joined Baker Botts in August 2006, is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Virginia Law School. Prior to Baker Botts, he served for five years as vice president and associate general counsel for labor and employment at Time Warner.
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