The Tweet That Launched a Law Firm

“All right slaves, get back to work.”

Shocked? That was a real quote used by a real lawyer at a real law firm.

Yondi Morris-Andrews was sitting at a table, working on a document review in 2012, when she heard the partner utter those words. She was the only black person in the room and he was addressing a number of attorneys, so it wasn’t a racial thing, but the utterance definitely made her uneasy.

“I looked around because I assumed that someone would say something,” says Morris-Andrews, of Chicago. “I knew then that that culture was not for me and that I wasn’t just offended because I was a black person. It offended me that it didn’t offend anyone else. I knew I needed to get out.”

Jessica B. Reddick, Yondi Morris-Andrews, and Keli L. Knight run the KMR Law Group.