Akin Gump Firing Was Not Due To Race, 2nd Circ. Told

Law360, New York (April 2, 2012, 7:27 PM EDT) -- Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP told the Second Circuit on Friday that it fired a black associate because of her poor performance and the post-recession shrinking of the legal industry, not because of her race.

In a brief asking the appeals court to affirm the dismissal of a suit filed by Tameka Simmons, a former New York associate in the firm's investment funds practice, Akin described an extremely weak attorney who was let go amid a wave of layoffs in the wake of the...
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