LONDON, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- An e-mail concerning dogs and Chinese restaurants has stirred controversy for a New York City-based law firm and those of Asian background.
A partner in the London office of the 572-member law firm of Dewey Ballantine sent an e-mail that said, "Don't let them go to a Chinese restaurant," in response to a note seeking a home for a puppy, the New York Times reported.
Some in the law firm found the e-mail offensive, as have several Asian-American law student associations and bar associations.
The author and senior partners subsequently issued an apology.
"What scares the rest of us is, is it pervasive at law firms generally or corporations generally that Asians can be mocked with impunity?" said Andrew Thomas Hahn, a partner at Seyfarth Shaw in New York and president of the Asian American Bar Association of New York.
Dewey Ballantine will hold an additional round of sensitivity training in its London office, in addition to its twice-yearly sensitivity training session, the Times said.