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Cooper v. United Airlines

Smith Patten files appeal on behalf of African American female Supervisor who was demoted after making unequal pay claims.

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Thompson v. Pacific Maritime Association

Female Longshoreman who complained of sexual harassment in the workplace and was retaliated against after making complaints of sexual harassment opposes PMA’s Motion for Summary Judgment.

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Linder v. Golden Gate Bridge District

Plaintiff files Opposition to Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss.

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Davidson v. CIF

Smith Patten files appeal of CIF decision to deny eligibility to a Caucasian student athlete who transferred to a predominately African American high school.

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Smith v. United Airlines

Smith Patten files appeal of District Court’s dismissal of class action lawsuit brought on behalf of Ramp Agents at San Francisco International Airport regarding United’s failure to pay Ramp Agents for performing supervisor duties.

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Montgomery v. United Airlines

After District Court takes three years to decide if Plaintiff has stated claims of discrimination, Plaintiff files Opposition To Defendants’ Motion to Transfer Venue.

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NOTABLE DEFENDANT CHANGES

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.

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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.

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Cooper v. United Airlines, Inc., ND CA Case No. 13-02870

United Airlines hires an African-American Security Supervisor after Smith Patten files lawsuit.

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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.

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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 whistle blower 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.

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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.

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Whistleblowing Attorney

Whistleblowers are a special breed; they take risks that other employees won’t. They stand up for what they know is right. They put their livelihoods and their careers on the line. When they suffer retaliation from their employers for doing…

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Alternative Dispute Resolution

SMITH PATTEN’s attorneys have been on the cutting edge of alternative dispute resolution, and do not hesitate to utilize out-of-court methods of dispute resolution in cases where it can produce a positive outcome for our clients. Mediation by a third-party…

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Executive Compensation

The Law Office of Smith Patten has represented executives at all stages of their relationships with the enterprises they lead, own, and sometimes leave for greener pastures. From publicly-traded companies to closely-held corporations, we understand the differing challenges facing key…

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Civil Rights

Those who came before us fought long and hard for the Civil Rights that we now enjoy. That spirit is not dead; it is alive and well at Smith Patten, who fight every day to ensure that all people are…

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Employment Law

The attorneys at Smith Patten represent employees who have been wronged by their employers throughout California and across the nation. Our attorneys regularly represent all levels of employees, from board-level directors and senior managers down to entry level workers who…

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Commercial Litigation

About Smith Patten

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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