A seasoned litigator, Emily T. Patajo has successfully represented employers in high-value employment matters in state and federal courts, and in binding arbitration. She is routinely involved in the risk assessment and defense of matters involving claims of wrongful termination and unlawful discrimination, harassment, and retaliation in violation of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act. Her practice extends to advising on wage and hour and class action cases and representing employers in labor arbitrations.
Emily has argued employment matters before the California Court of Appeal. She has successfully obtained an appellate court opinion affirming an employer’s motion for summary judgment on national origin and age discrimination causes under the Fair Employment and Housing Act. Notably, she successfully persuaded the Court of Appeal to reverse a trial court’s order denying an employer’s motion to compel binding arbitration, which resulted in a published opinion that informs on the interpretation of arbitration terms in employment agreements.