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Paul Patten

Principal
Chicago

P 312-803-2570
F 312-787-4995
Paul.Patten@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Paul Patten is a Principal in the Chicago, Illinois, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He represents management in employment cases in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies.

Mr. Patten’s practice focuses primarily on employment litigation and counseling. He represents employers in federal and state individual and class-based lawsuits covering a wide range of statutes and subjects, including federal and state anti-discrimination and wage and hour laws.

Mr. Patten’s trial and administrative hearing experience has resulted in numerous victories for employers. He is also a frequent appellate practitioner, having obtained appellate court reversals of adverse trial court rulings against his clients. Mr. Patten has substantial experience with the personal representation of chief executive officers and other high level managers, and in obtaining personal victories for those clients.

Mr. Patten has also been quoted on employment matters in a number of publications, including the Daily Labor Report and The New York Times.

Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, Mr. Patten practiced in both the public and private sectors. He was a Trial Attorney with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, prosecuting discrimination claims for the federal government, including numerous large pattern and practice and sexual harassment lawsuits. During the time he practiced in-house in the insurance industry, Mr. Patten developed his company’s initial employment practices liability insurance policy.

Honors and Recognitions

Published Works

  • “Get Your Disability and Leave Management House in Order,” Society for Human Resource Management Viewpoint (June 2016) [Co-Author]

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December 11, 2017
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Paul Patten and Michelle Phillips Discuss the Supreme Court Declining to Clarify Sexual Orientation Bias Issue

December 11, 2017

Paul Patten and Michelle Phillips discuss the Supreme Court declining to review a case that would have resolved a circuit split over whether Title VII prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in "Supreme Court Declines to Clarify Law on Sexual Orientation Discrimination," published by SHRM.... Read More

November 20, 2017
SHRM

Paul Patten Discusses Social Media's Role In Workplace Harassment Complaints

November 20, 2017

Paul Patten explains how employers can address sexual harassment concerns regarding #MeToo social media posts in "#MeToo Postings About Bosses Merit Discussions with HR," published by SHRM. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

September 27, 2017
Law 360

Paul Patten Comments on Seventh Circuit Decision That Multiple-Month Extended Leaves Are Not Reasonable Accommodations Under The ADA

September 27, 2017

Paul Patten comments on Seventh Circuit ruling that Americans With Disabilities Act does not require extended medical leave as accommodation in " 7th Circ. Ruling On ADA Leave Limits Touted As 'Holy Grail,'" published by Law360. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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August 13, 2018

Class Action Trends Report Summer 2018

August 13, 2018

Our quarterly report discusses new developments in class action litigation and offers strategic guidance and tactical tips on how to defend such claims. This issue covers the following topics: Disparate impact — discrimination by the numbers Is the FCRA class the new FLSA wage and hour class? Other class action developments... Read More

May 1, 2018

Class Action Trends Report Spring 2018

May 1, 2018

Our quarterly report discusses new developments in class action litigation and offers strategic guidance and tactical tips on how to defend such claims. This issue covers the following topics: Computer-age class action traps #MeToo: A viral movement, a wave of claims The ADA applies in cyberspace, too Online job assessments... Read More

March 8, 2018

Title VII Anti-Discrimination Protection Covers Transgender Employee, Appeals Court Rules

March 8, 2018

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission may pursue claims that an employee was discriminated against on the basis of transgender status in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the federal appeals court in Cincinnati has ruled in a landmark decision. EEOC v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, No. 16-2424 (6th Cir. Mar. 7... Read More

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ALERT- Plaintiff’s Bar Currently Targeting Online Hiring Practices: What Your Company Needs to Know
December 13, 2017

 The latest target of the plaintiff’s overly-aggressive tactics—a company’s use of recruitment ads in hiring employees.  All industries and all forms of advertising are potentially coming under attack, including social media platforms and websites dedicated to employee recruiting.  Specifically, the plaintiff’s bar has repeatedly targeted Read More

Seventh Circuit Delivers Blow to EEOC Wellness Program Challenge, But Avoids Ruling on ADA Safe Harbor
January 26, 2017

On January 25, 2017, in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Flambeau, Inc., the Seventh Circuit rejected an EEOC challenge to an employer wellness program.  The circuit court had the opportunity to address whether an employer’s wellness program was an involuntary medical examination pursuant to the ADA, 42 U.S.C. Read More

Appellate Court Holds that ADA Does Not Require Reassignment Without Competition
December 16, 2016

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) suffered a setback in its attempt to establish that the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) requires an employer to reassign an employee to an available position without having to compete with other candidates for that position.  In EEOC v. St. Read More