If the events of the past few weeks have shown us anything, it's that - like Black lives - words matter. Both spoken and in writing, the language we use has the power to inspire, offend, unite, and divide. Sometimes, the use of seemingly harmless words, or even the absence of words, can be influential.
For lawyers, words are our stock in trade. In contracts and other transactions, choosing the right terms leads to agreement; selecting vague and ambiguous terms, or choosing not to abide by them, leads to disagreement and courtroom disputes. This is no more important than in the employer-employee relationship, especially when invidious racial discrimination exists.