Monday, October 03, 2011

Akin Gump Employment: Job Upgrade to Full-Time Employee with Benefits


To:  Laurel Digweed
      Joe Blessing

From: Maggie Sinnott [initialed]

Date: July 28, 1989

Re:  Hiring of Gary Freedman for Legal Assistant Position

Gary Freedman has accepted a legal assistant position to work in Akin, Gump's Labor Section, starting on Tuesday August 1, 1989.

Gary's annual salary will be $26.000.00.  As a legal assistant, Gary will be an exempt professional employee, not eligible to receive overtime compensation.  Like other legal assistants, Gary will accrue other benefits, such as unlimited sick leave, vacation leave of 15 business days per year, and enrollment in the Firm's pension and health insurance plans.

Gary has 5 years of experience as a legal assistant.  Gary's billing rate will be $65 per hour.  Initials for billing purposes are GF.

Attached is a copy of Gary's resume.

cc:  Earl Segal
Karen Stillitano [assistant to managing partner Laurence J. Hoffman]
Frances Horne
Marilyn Mickelson


Gary Freedman said...

Akin Gump's sworn Response to Interrogatories filed with the D.C. Dept. of Human Rights (May 22, 1992) which I submitted to the U.S. Social Security Administration makes the following nonsensical assertions of fact:

Claimant, Gary Freedman, was initially employed [June 13, 1988] by Respondent law firm, Akin, Gump, Hauer & Feld, L.L.P. as a temporary employee for a specific project (See Attachment B). Later Claimant was employed as a full-time legal assistant ("paralegal") to manage massive amounts of documents for a major client (See Attachment C) [August 1, 1989]. Shortly thereafter [March 1989], the client filed for bankruptcy protection 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. 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).

"Attachment C" is the present post: Memo dated July 28, 1989.

Gary Freedman said...

Full text of Akin Gump's Interrogatory Response:

Gary Freedman said...

The D.C. Corporation Counsel brief (Appellee's brief on appeal) filed in D.C. Superior Court and the D.C. Court of Appeals states:

"-- At about the same time, Freedman was informed by one of the legal assistants that she and other legal assistants were afraid of him. Freedman believes that this was said to harass him. R. 276."

The record at 276 reports that in early August 1989 (at the very time I was promoted) a coworker (an agency-supplied temp who was not promoted) Stacey Schaar stated to me: "We're all afraid of you. We're all afraid you're going to buy a gun, bring it in, and shoot everybody."

Stacey Schaar was reportedly fired for gross misconduct in May 1990.