Thursday, May 03, 2012

DHR Letter -- 4/16/93

April 16, 1993
3801 Connecticut Avenue, NW
#136
Washington, DC  20008

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

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

Dear Mr. Stocks:

Enclosed in connection with the above-referenced matter is a brief note published in the City Paper regarding a Title VII case involving my former supervisor, Ms. Robertson.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Gary Freedman

1 comment:

Gary Freedman said...

Un-Civil Rights

From The Washington City Paper, March 1993.

The law ‘n’ lobbying firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld may have civil rights leader Vernon Jordan among its partners, but it still has racial tension in its ranks. Patricia A. McNeil, a black data-processor fired from Akin Gump last April after 4 1/2 years of employment [just before her pension plan would have vested], has sued the firm, charging racial discrimination. McNeil’s suit, on file at U.S District Court [in Washington, DC] alleges that her supervisor, described as “Ms. Robertson” in the suit, engaged in “offensive conduct such as telling racial jokes, making comments to the effect that blacks are perceived as not working as hard as white employees, are shiftless, lazy, [and] incompetent….” When McNeil became pregnant with her second child in August 1991, Robertson said “she did not understand why blacks have so many babies,” according to the suit. “These were not isolated incidents,” says McNeil’s lawyer, James Kestell, “we have plenty of witnesses to the racial jokes.” (Akin Gump did not return Washington City Paper’s call to discuss the suit.)