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Notable Defendant Changes

Cooper v. United Airlines, Inc., ND CA Case No. 13-02870: United Airlines hires an African-American Security Supervisor after Smith Patten files lawsuit.
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.

Favorable Changes In The Law

Weingand v. Harland Financial Solutions: The California Legislature amended the California Labor Code effective January 1, 2014 regarding whistleblower protections consistent with the position advocated by Smith Patten in federal litigation to protect workers who disclose violations of the California Labor Code to their employers.
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 an 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 employment 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

December 2014: Surbey v. PG&E - Case No.: 13-cv-02402-TEH: PG&E settles lawsuit with whistleblower who was allegedly laid off as part of a reduction in force.
December 23, 2014: Bonillas v. United Airlines: Smith Patten responds to United's request that the Court require Smith Patten to remove certain statements about United from its web site.
December 9, 2014: Viteri-Butler v. UC Hastings: Smith Patten files Reply Brief in Appeal of District Court's decision to preclude a jury from hearing a former employee's allegations of discrimination in layoffs.
December 9, 2014: Newborn-Vincent v. SMUD: African-American employee stripped of her duties after more than 20 years on the job, prevails at Summary Judgment.
November 28, 2014: Veloz v. PG&E: Smith Patten files Opposition to PG&E's Motion to Strike, Veloz's references to PG&E's attempts to mislead the District Court.
November 25, 2014: La v. San Mateo County Transit District: Court denies SamTrans' Motion To Dismiss Whistleblower's lawsuit.
November 24, 2014: Pride v. Stanford University Hospital: Smith Patten files lawsuit on behalf of supervising Respiratory Therapist who was terminated after reporting extensive racial harassment at the Hospital.
November 6, 2014: Emerson v. CDCR: Plaintiff prevails on Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment.

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