Thursday, April 05, 2012

SSA Disability Claim: Akin Gump's Failure to Place Me on Employer-Sponsored Long-Term Disability

February 22, 1994
3801 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Apt. 136
Washington, DC 20008

U.S. Social Security Administration
Office of Disability and International
1500 Woodlawn Drive
Baltimore, MD 21241

Dear Sir:

Enclosed for your information is a copy of a telephone directory of my former employer, the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld.

As you can see from the directory, the firm employs a large number of persons; Akin Gump is, in fact, one of the largest law firms in the country. My own position in the firm was utterly insignificant.

That the firm's managers, all attorneys, terminated my employment in the manner they did, leaving themselves open to the appearance of impropriety—if not worse—is exceedingly odd. Further, it is abundantly clear that the firm's financial circumstances were not so impecunious that its managers needed to prevent my filing for employer-sponsored disability benefits.

I believe that it is a realistic inference and not a paranoid suspicion that as yet unexplained circumstances led to my job termination. Speaking metaphorically, where a group of rational and highly intelligent attorneys decide after due deliberation to kill a fly with a nuclear bomb, one has to wonder: “What was going on with that fly?” – “What was going on with those attorneys?”

It is disheartening that several government agencies—at the state and federal level—seem incapable of getting any answers.


Gary Freedman

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