Friday, February 25, 2011

Akin Gump: Actions Inconsistent with Allegations of Violent Temperament

The following are pages 480-481 of the record on appeal in Freedman v. D.C. Department of Human Rights, D.C.C.A. no. 96-CV-961 (Sept. 1, 1998).

May 12, 1993
3801 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Apt. 136
Washington, DC  20008

Mr. Donald M. Stocks
Case Investigations
D.C. Dept. of Human Rights &
  Minority Business Development
2000 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC  20009

     RE: Docket No.: 92-087-P(N)
           Gary Freedman v. Akin, Gump, Hauer & Feld

Dear Mr. Stocks:

I want to draw your attention to the following fact in connection with the above-referenced matter.

One of Respondent's stated reasons for its decision to terminate my employment was that it had determined, in consultation with two mental health professionals, including a psychiatrist, that I was paranoid and potentially violent.  In a confidential memo to file that bears the date October 29, 1991, Dennis Race states that allowing me to remain on the firm's premises might constitute negligence.

The enclosed "Notice of Group Life Conversion Privilege" was signed and dated by the Personnel Department employee Georgia Decker on Monday, October 28, 1991.  The decision to terminate had to have been made no later than Monday, October 28, 1991.

Despite Respondent's concerns regarding my purported paranoid mental state and potential for violence, Dennis Race waited until shortly before noon on Tuesday, October 29, 1991 to advise me of the termination. One wonders why Mr. Race would have allowed me to be present on the premises for an additional day in view of his stated concerns.


Gary Freedman


page 481 of the record on appeal

The PRUDENTIAL Notice of Group Life Conversion Privilege

Signed by Georgia Decker on 10/28/91 and signed by Gary Freedman on 10/29/91

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