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Johnson et al., v. United Airlines, Inc., ND CA Case No. 12-02730: After Smith Patten files a race discrimination in promotion case on behalf of 21 African-American pilots and 2 African American Operations Supervisors, United Airlines implements new promotions practices. Plaintiffs alleged that United refused to post management positions to preclude African Americans from participating in management opportunities. Plaintiffs alleged that this resulted in less qualified non-African Americans getting management positions. After the filing of the lawsuit United is now posting management positions.
Cooper v. United Airlines, Inc., ND CA Case No. 13-02870: Caucasian supervisor illegally hired to replace African American Plaintiff resigns after Smith Patten files lawsuit.
Bonillas v. United Airlines, Inc., ND CA Case No. 12-06574: Plaintiff who was demoted from his Supervisor position is promoted to Supervisor of Airframe Overhaul after Smith Patten files lawsuit on his behalf.
St. Martin v. Regents of the University of California, San Francisco et al, ND CA Case No. 14-01765: Plaintiff who was passed over for promotion is promoted to Assistant Superintendent for Housing Services after Smith Patten files lawsuit on his behalf.

Favorable Changes In The Law

Miller v. Southwest Airlines Co., ND CA Case No. 12-03482: In January 2014 Legislature enacts Labor Section 244 after Court rules that Smith Patten's client was required to exhaust whistleblower claims before Labor Commissioner. This new section provides that it is not necessary for an employee to exhaust administrative remedies in order to bring a civil action for violation of any provision of the Labor Code unless the section under which the action is brought expressly requires exhaustion of an administrative remedy. This will make it easier for lawsuits to be filed against employers.

Smith Patten is a preeminent California employment law firm with offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco

Smith Patten is a California employment law firm with offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco formed by experienced trial attorneys as an employment law and business litigation boutique. Founding attorneys Spencer Smith and Dow Patten have tried cases in State and Federal Courts in California and throughout the United States.

When faced with an adverse employment action, such as termination, sexual harassment, or being passed over for a promotion, it is important to seek legal counsel immediately. Smith Patten can provide you with a candid assessment of your situation and your options with no cost consultations. Often we are able to negotiate a resolution to your situation prior to any complaints being filed in court or with administrative agencies. If litigation is necessary, we will represent you aggressively and vigorously. In addition to handling cases on behalf of individuals, we also handle multi-plaintiff and employment class actions.

In forming Smith Patten, Mr. Smith and Mr. Patten assembled a team of lawyers that offer clients the best of both worlds: big firm legal talent with small firm flexibility and innovation.

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Latest News

August 14, 2014: Freeman et al. v. BART: Five African American BART employees with over 100 years of combined service sue BART for discrimination in promotions.
August 11, 2014: Gresham v. Catholic Healthcare West: Plaintiff opposes Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment. Plaintiff alleges Defendant illegally withdrew offer of employment after persuading Plaintiff to move to California from Michigan.
August 4, 2014: La v. San Mateo County Transit District: Whistleblower who uncovered massive fraud opposes SamTrans' Motion to Dismiss.
July 21, 2014: Smith IV, et al. v. United Airlines et al.: Minority Ramp Servicemen Not Being Paid For Working Out of Class Oppose United Airlines' Second Motion To Dismiss.
July 21, 2014: Pryor v. United Airlines: Smith Patten files appeal on behalf of African American Flight Attendant who received racially hostile death threats in company mailbox.
July 7, 2014: Smith IV, et al. v. United Airlines et al.: Defendant United Airlines Files Second Motion To Dismiss Claims of Minority Ramp Servicemen Not Being Paid For Working Out of Class.
June 27, 2014: Johnson v. United Airlines: Court rules that African American Pilots and Operation Supervisors can move forward with their claims of race discrimination.
June 9, 2014: Bonillas v. United Airlines: Plaintiff requests additional briefing on Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment after Defendant serves in excess of 6000 comparator documents after the close of discovery.

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