The D.C. Corporation Counsel represented to the D.C. Court of Appeals that the above statement of a coworker was evidence of my difficulty in getting along with others rather than evidence of a hostile work environment created by others. At the time the D.C. Corporation Counsel filed the above cited brief (July 25, 1997) the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) was considering whether to approve the continuance of my disability benefits. Arguably, the D.C. Corporation Counsel defrauded the SSA as well as the D.C. Court of Appeals. (The literature recognizes that fears by coworkers that the target of workplace mobbing will become violent is evidence of a hostile work environment.)
TO: Gary Freedman
FROM: Maggie Sinnott
SUBJECT: Year-End Evaluations
DATE: December 7, 1989
Enclosed please find copies of your 1989 Year-End Evaluations. Please review the evaluations and call us if you would like to discuss them with us.
Also enclosed are spreadsheets and a key detailing your evaluations. If there is an error on the spreadsheet, please let us know so that we may correct it.
As we discussed last week, we will be arranging evaluation meetings with one of the attorneys from your section. If you would prefer speaking with a specific attorney, please contact us as soon as possible.
O = Outstanding
AA = Above Average
A = Average
BA = Below Average
P = Poor
N/A = No Basis to Evaluate
NAME: Gary Freedman
[Supervisor:] C[onstance] Brown
ABILITY TO WORK W/ OTHERS - AA
ANALYTICAL SKILL - O
CLIENT CONTACT - NB
INDEPENDENT WORK - O
INITIATIVE - AA
MANAGING WORKLOAD - O
PROFESSIONALISM - O
RESOURCEFULNESS OF FACTUAL RESEARCH - O
UNDERSTANDING LEGAL CONCEPTS - NB
WORKING WELL UNDER PRESSURE - O
WRITTEN WORK - O
OVERALL PERFORMANCE RATING - O
In a sworn declaration filed with the D.C. Department of Human Rights Dennis Race stated:
Claimant, Gary Freedman, was initially employed by Respondent law firm, Akin, Gump, Hauer & Feld, L.L.P. as a temporary employee for a specific project (See Attachment B) [June 13, 1988]. Later Claimant was employed as a full-time legal assistant ("paralegal") to manage massive amounts of documents for a major client (See Attachment C) [July 31, 1989]. Shortly thereafter, the client filed for bankruptcy protection [March 9, 1989] and eventually the legal work diminished. In an attempt to find comparable work for the Claimant, a decision was made to transfer him to the Litigation Support Department [March 1990]. Because Claimant preferred to work in isolation, Respondent attempted to accommodate him -- and did so until work and space constraints became a problem (See Attachment D).