July 3, 2014
3801 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008
Social Security Administration
Mid-Atlantic Program Service Center
300 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia PA 19123-2999
RE: Disability Claim xxx-xx-xxxx
My claim for Social Security Disability benefits was approved by the Social Security Administration (SSA) in August 1993. SSA determined that the date disability began was October 29, 1991 based on a sworn statement dated May 22, 1992 and filed by my former employer, the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld (Dennis M. Race, Esq.: 202 887 4028), with the D.C. Department of Human Rights (DHR) pursuant to an unlawful job termination Complaint I filed with the DHR on February 4, 1992. I appended Akin Gump's sworn statement dated May 22, 1992 to my application for SSA disability benefits.
Akin Gump's sworn statement alleged that I had been terminated for mental health reasons only following the firm's consultation with two mental health professionals, including a psychiatrist, Gertude R. Ticho, M.D. (deceased) who opined, based on information supplied by Race and without a personal examination of me, that I appeared to have a psychiatric "disorder" and that I might become violent. Race stated in the sworn statement that the quality of my work was not an issue in the employer's decision to terminate. A concern about my mental health and stability was the sole reason for the termination.
Indeed, a memo dated October 25, 1991, days before the termination, written by my direct supervisor to Race states that my work "continues to be exemplary" (copy attached).
This communication will reinforce the fact that I disclosed to SSA at the time of my benefits application in 1993 that Race told me at the termination meeting that I was being terminated because my work performance was subpar. See Letter to Paul Yessler, M.D. dated June 14, 1993 and attached document submission (pages 55-59).
An additional document I wrote in September 1992 states that Race told me at the termination on October 29, 1991 that the reason I was being terminated was that my work was subpar. Race repeated his statement about problems in my "work performance" in a telephone conversation I had with him on the morning of October 30, 1991. See Letter to Paul Yessler, M.D. dated June 14, 1993 and attached document submission (pages xxx-xxx).
I cannot explain discrepancies in the employer's rationale for the termination.