On the afternoon of October 23, 1991 I met with Akin Gump partner Earl L. Segal, Esq. in his office to review instances of job harassment and to request that I be assigned to a private office or promotion to the firm's legal assistant program from the litigation support group. Earl Segal was the partner in charge of the legal assistant program.
Something about the meeting stood out in my mind. At one point I said that some of my coworkers' behaviors might be "tortious." I specifically recall making that statement. I vividly recall that at the moment I used the word "tortious," Mr. Segal's eyes opened widely. Did he view my statement as a veiled threat that I was thinking of instituting some kind of legal action against the firm? Did my statement in any way figure in Akin Gump's decision to terminate my employment six days later?