Friday Follies: If You Were Dunder-Mifflin’s Lawyer…

By February 16, 2007Friday Follies

Friday FolliesIf you’re a fan of the NBC hit show, “The Office” (as we are), you’ll love this. For those of you who aren’t fans, you should be. Every week, viewers are regaled with the missteps of the clueless boss Michael Scott (Steve Carrel) and the rest of the gang at the Scranton office of fictitious paper company Dunder-Mifflin. It is laugh-out-loud funny most weeks because of his abject political incorrectness and his ham-handed management ways. First you cringe, then you laugh. Indeed, the show is so funny because it’s all just a little too familiar to us all, a little too real.

Now the show has birthed a blog by employment lawyer Julie Elgar called, “That’s What She Said,” a familiar refrain of the boorish Michael. What the blog does is analyze every episode for its potential litigation value. A recent episode, for example (you fans will remember it involved a Ben Franklin character and a very bad mix-up), by Elgar’s reckoning would fetch at least $800,000 in damages for some over-the-top sexual harassment — complete with punitive damages.

It really is a creative idea by Elgar, and it no doubt hasn’t hurt her employment law practice. If you like “The Office,” you’ll get a charge out of checking this blog each week and seeing how much Michael Scott and the rest of his inept gang at Dunder-Mifflin has cost the company this week. It’ll make lawyers squirm, wishing it were real.

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