Akin Gump Atty Says Race, Not Slump, Reason for Firing

Law360, New York (April 16, 2012, 5:52 PM EDT) -- An African-American lawyer who says Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP terminated her because of her race told the Second Circuit on Friday that the law firm couldn't attribute her firing to either the dwindling economy or her supposedly poor performance.

Tameka Simmons, a former Akin Gump associate who says her firing stemmed from her erstwhile employer's discriminatory attitudes, said in a reply to the law firm's brief supporting a lower court's decision to dismiss her race bias suit that Akin Gump's claims as to...
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