British lawyer fined for anti-Semitic rant

(JTA) — A British lawyer who in 2009 said she “couldn’t stand Jewish people” in an office rant was found guilty of discrimination by a tribunal.

In a ruling published last week, the Solicitor’s’ Disciplinary Tribunal in London fined Danielle Morris, 34, to the tune of $3,840 and ordered to pay $8,060 in costs for the remarks, according to a report by the Lancashire Telegraph daily newspaper.


Her comments came after a Jewish man cut in line at a medical center before Morris, an assistant solicitor at Mulderiggs Solicitors in Rawtenstall near Manchester and mother of two.

Morris later commented to a receptionist at her firm “I cannot stand Jewish people.” The comment was heard by a Jewish colleague who asked her “not to say that. But Morris replied: “I don’t care, I cannot stand them ever since an incident at the Bardoc.”

Morris’s lawyer said in her defense that she had “not been aware of the long history and persecution of the Jewish people and because of her age had had limited direct contact with those who had been familiar with the discovery of the Holocaust or the attitudes which had led to those events.”

The tribunal heard that she now had a “greater understanding of the offence that she had caused and the context in which her remarks could be seen.”