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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

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.
Spencer Smith

Spencer Smith

Spencer F. Smith has earned a reputation for being one of the top young employment litigators in Northern California. Mr. Smith has settled seven figure cases with Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Smith has also reached six figure settlements with Parsons Brinkerhoff, In-In-Out, and other Fortune 500 companies.

Mr. Smith's practice also includes public sector employment, including the City and County of San Francisco, Contra Costa County, and various municipalities and governmental entities throughout California.

Mr. Smith has successfully argued cases before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the California Court of Appeals. Mr. Smith has co-counseled with several high profile civil rights firms, serving as adviser and chief strategist in the majority of cases.Now in his own firm, Mr. Smith continues to vindicate employment rights throughout California. In the past two years Mr. Smith has represented a wide range of clients in many different types of situations: whistle blowing, wage-and-hour law, retaliation, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, and gender, disability, race, sexual orientation, and age discrimination. Get in touch with experienced employment lawyer San Francisco, North California.

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Admitted, United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
Admitted, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois General Bar
Admitted, Trial Bar of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Admitted, Supreme Court of the United States

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Latest News

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.
 
October 25, 2014: Johnson et al. v. United Airlines: Plaintiffs file Opposition to United's Motion to Sever.
 
October 9, 2014: Henry v. UCSF: Smith Patten Files Appeal On Behalf of UCSF Employee Who Was Subjected To A Racially Hostile Work Enviroment Which Culminated With His Supervisor Hanging An Operational Hangman's Noose In The Workplace.
 
October 8, 2014: Veloz v. PG&E: Smith Patten Files Appeal On Behalf of PG&E Employee Who Was Subjected To Surveillance By PG&E Corporate Security and Eventually Terminated For Taking Protected Leave.
 
September 22, 2014: Smith IV, et al. v. United Airlines et al.: Smith Patten Files Class Action Lawsuit On Behalf of SFO Ramp Servicemen Not Paid For Lead work.
 
September 16, 2014: BORJA-VALDES et al. vs. CCSF: Two current and one former human resources employees sue the City and County of San Fracisco for race discrimination.
 
September 9, 2014: Gresham v. Catholic Healthcare West: Court denies Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment. Plaintiff alleges Defendant illegally withdrew offer of employment after persuading Plaintiff to move to California from Michigan.

Case Updates

Molex v. MUNI
Brown v. FPI Management, Inc.
Hoze v. FPI Management, Inc.
Evans v. FedEx

Latest Results

Perkins v. SMUD
Tinsley v. PG&E
Paul v. PG&E
Favorable Settlement in Multi-Plaintiff
Confidential Executive
Spears v. Contra Costa County
Khristina Hunter v. California