Respondent denies that discrimination of any nature was a factor in the ultimate decision to terminate Claimant. His behavior was described by several employees, including his direct supervisor as bizarre: he demanded isolation; he was volatile; and he frightened many of his co-workers.
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Reported outbursts and arguably bizarre behavior have made it
uncomfortable and sometimes disruptive for many of his co-workers --
some of whom have voiced fear in working with or nearby him. In addition
he is very difficult to supervise.
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C. Claimant was told that "there did not appear to be a good fit" because of his demand for isolation;
Excursis: Independence of thought is a hallmark of creative thinking. Some law firms encourage independence of thought. Patterson Belknap is a magnet for independent thinkers. The firm was
founded by attorneys who believed they could create a more congenial
atmosphere on their own, away from the lockstep anonymity of larger
firms. Patterson Belknap carefully manages growth and purposefully
operates with a single office in New York City.
Perhaps a notable fact is that Akin Gump has offices in several U.S. cities as well as around the world. The firm prides itself on growth and seems to operate on the maxim: "The bigger the better." Query: Is there a relationship between Patterson Belknap's single office policy and its parallel emphasis on independence of thought, on the one hand, and, on the other, Akin Gump's premium on firm size and its possible emphasis on uniformity of thought among its attorneys? Is groupthink a hallmark of Akin Gump's decisionmaking?