Thursday, December 17, 2009

Akin Gump: I Can't Work In A Group Setting? Yet Another Material Lie?

Dennis M. Race, Esq., who terminated my employment at the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld in late October 1991, told the D.C. Department of Human Rights (and the U.S. Social Security Administration) that I could not work in a group setting.

Here's what he said: "In the course of questioning Claimant’s supervisor (Chris Robertson), former supervisor and co-workers, it was even more evident that the Claimant had emotional problems which adversely affected his work and his co-workers. Claimant was uncomfortable communicating with his peers and required work that ensured total isolation. During the investigation of his concerns, it was also brought out that his behavior had been disruptive, with occasional violent outbursts, and frightening to co-workers."

During the period October 1989 to April 1991 (a year and a half) I worked in a large group setting on the ninth floor of the firm. I wonder if my coworkers thought my behavior was disruptive and frightening.

I worked in a cubicle in one corner of the office. There was a long-term temporary employee in an adjoining cubicle named Ozie Jamison. Ozie used to clip newspaper articles. He worked closely with a legal assistant named Christopher Montague (originally from Billings, Montana), who worked at another corner of the same office. Chris Montague was a nice young man who had a strange relationship with sheep; but I don't question people's proclivities. He was friendly with a legal assistant named Jesse Raben.

Other paralegals in the office were J. Robert Tansey, David Berkowitz (not the Son of Sam, by the way), F. Robert Wheeler, Esq., Stacy Papa -- and a few other people.

During the summer of 1990, three college interns worked in the office: Robert Wyman (Brown University, 1991) (a friend of managing partner Larry Hoffman's son Matthew Hoffman); Ben Greenberg (The University of Pennsylvania); and Matthew Erskine (The University of Virginia, 1991). Did I frighten these guys with my bizarre behavior? Who knows?

We used to play games on some days during lunch hour, like Trivial Pursuit. I was good at that. I love to play games!