A lawyer who was fired from his job with a temporary legal staffing company has filed a defamation suit against Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, alleging he was let go after the firm told his employer it suspected him of stealing documents.

According to his complaint, filed pro se on Monday at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, James Zhang was a lawyer with Special Counsel Inc., a Jacksonville, Fla.-based company that provides legal support services to corporations and law firms. In March 2009 he was working at Wilmer’s D.C. office (the complaint does not state whether he was doing work for the firm). He alleges that he was updating his resume using a computer at his desk there when one of the firm’s staff attorneys, Michael Layman, stopped him. Layman asked Zhang whether he was downloading firm documents onto his flash drive. Zhang said no, according to the complaint.

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