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Brown vs. California Department Of Corrections

Smith Patten files lawsuit on behalf of African American Recreational Therapist, hired in 2011, as part of the effort to alleviate the cruel and unusual punishment of prisoners in the California Penal System.  Plaintiff was hired as part of the multiple United States District Court cases under which the California Department of Corrections has been supervised for the previous five years.   Plaintiff alleges she had to purchase her own materials, was never trained in CDCR-specific protocols, and she was ultimately terminated for attempting to help the inmates whose mental health she was entrusted.

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Simmons v. Hankey Investment Company

Smith Patten files whistleblower retaliation complaint against Hankey Group, a conglomerate ordered to pay multi-million dollar fines for alleged violations of the Consumer Financial Protection Act.  Smith Patten is proud to represent the former President and COO, who was terminated after he blew the whistle and attempted to enforce compliance with the laws that prohibit predatory lending and collections practices.

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Ingram v. PG&E

Smith Patten files appeal on behalf of African American Substation Maintenance Electrician who was one of five African Americans unfairly disciplined by Caucasian Supervisor in attempt to avoid complaints of race discrimination being brought to managements attention.  Plaintiff was fired while training another employee how to do his job.