"Yeah yeah and I'm the King of Sweden, here you go, they won't mop themselves."
Freshfields has reiterated that it values diversity after one of its employees allegedly mistook a Muslim student for a cleaner.
The law student is from a BAME background and was visiting Freshfields' London office for a student event. Despite wearing Student Access ID she was "initially confused with being a cleaner", said a source.
She was then asked if she wanted to "take off her thing", in an apparent reference to her headscarf, and hang it up in the cloakroom, said a source.
RollOnFriday understands the firm did not receive an official complaint. A spokesperson for Freshfields said, "We take workplace inclusivity very seriously and all matters that are brought to the attention of the firm are considered in detail. The firm is committed to ensuring a culture of respect, where diversity is valued and people feel they belong and can thrive".
Freshfields wouldn't be the first firm to trip over its well-meaning embrace of diversity - in 2012 a schoolgirl on a Hogan Lovells work experience programme was found laying out tea and biscuits in a the meeting rooms after she got lost in the building and a catering manager mistook her for a waitress.
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