On May 22, 1992 the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld filed its Interrogatory Response in Freedman v. Akin, Gump, Hauer & Feld, a job discrimination complaint I had filed with the D.C. Department of Human Rights.
The firm appended a document to the Response that it had created, titled: Involuntary Terminations -- January 1, 1990 thru December 31, 1991. See record on appeal at pages 166-167.
The chart features an intriguing omission. The chart fails to disclose that a paralegal named Stacey Schaar had been terminated for gross misconduct in May 1990.
Why did Akin Gump fail to disclose the fact that Stacey Schaar had been terminated? Was it an innocent error, or a willful attempt to deceive the D.C. Department of Human Rights?
It was Stacey Schaar who said to me in August 1989, while we both worked at the firm: "We're all afraid of you. We're all afraid you're going to buy a gun, bring it in, and shoot everybody. Even the manager of your apartment building (Elaine Wranik) is afraid of you."
The harassment complaint I lodged against coworkers during a meeting with Dennis M. Race, Esq. and Malcolm Lassman, Esq., in Dennis Race's office, on the morning of October 24, 1991, included a complaint against Stacey Schaar. The firm also failed to disclose that I had ever told Dennis Race that Stacey Schaar had harassed me. Again, why the omission?
Something interesting about Stacey Schaar's termination in May 1990. I was generally out of the loop with regard to Akin Gump gossip. Yet, after Stacey Schaar was terminated, another legal assistant named J. Robert Tansey engaged in a loud conversation with another legal assistant near my desk detailing all the facts about Stacey Schaar's firing. It seemed to me that Mr. Tansey wanted me to know that Stacey Schaar had been fired and the reasons why. Now, why would The Powers That Be want me to know about Stacey Schaar's job termination?
Incidentally, Stacey Schaar was in charge of the Antitrust Practice Group file room at the time of her termination. I believe she worked for firm partner Paul Hewitt, Esq.
Just what is the mystery surrounding Stacey Schaar?