Since its adoption, our office has been closed on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. This year, given the historic nature of the presidential election, our office is also closed on Inauguration Day. Regardless of whom you voted for, this past presidential election confirmed the American Dream.
As a lawyer, who over the years has represented individuals that have been the victim of discrimination, retaliation and workplace harassment, this day takes on a special meaning. That is not to say that we will never see this type of conduct in the workplace nor does it mean that the task is complete. What it means is we have taken a great step forward.
Hopefully, our new President will have the courage, wisdom, and discernment to lead our country through this difficult time. In reflecting on today, I am reminded of the words of the late Dr. King,
“An individual has not started living fully until they can rise above the narrow confines of individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of humanity….Every person must decide, at some point, whether they will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. This is the judgment. Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?”