A former Morrison & Foerster secretary claims in a wrongful termination suit filed last month that an associate at the firm had once threatened to bring an Uzi to work and kill people if an important fax wasn't located.
Aileen Martinez, the former secretary, leveled the accusation against associate Mimi Yang in a suit filed in San Francisco Superior Court.
Yang, who is still at MoFo, declined to comment and referred inquiries to her legal counsel, Michael Hallerud at Nixon Peabody. Hallerud declined to comment.
Martinez, who'd been at MoFo 28 years, lost her job in the firm's January 2009 layoffs. The suit says that when the Uzi comment was made, in 2008, she complained to superiors, filed a police report, and took a three-month disability leave.
Her complaint says she was at One Market Plaza in 1982 when Ricardo Contawe shot 11 people at an insurance office on another floor. Martinez alleges she suffered post-traumatic stress disorder from the incident that remained latent until Yang’s Uzi comment. She was afraid to go to work for several months, and afraid of Yang from then on, the complaint says.
Mary Shea Hagebol at Shea Law Offices in Oakland is representing Martinez. She did not respond to requests for comment.