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Admitted to Practice

  • Washington, 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Washington

Joseph P. Hoag

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Joseph Hoag represents and counsels clients in a variety of employment and educational contexts. In his employment practice, Joseph represents clients in single-plaintiff, multi-plaintiff, and class action litigation in state and federal courts, as well as agency proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Seattle Office for Civil Rights, and the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries. Joseph also counsels clients on compliance with employment law issues including discrimination and retaliation, workplace safety, background check, contract interpretation, and, in the public-employment arena, constitutional rights.

In his education law practice, Joseph has focused on advising clients on issues pertaining to public charter schools. Joseph advises clients more generally on discrimination, freedom of religion, and privacy issues, particularly with regard to private religious educational institutions.

Joseph is active in pro bono activities, with a special focus on assisting Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).

Representative Experience

Full defense verdict at discrimination, hostile work environment, and negligent supervision trial

Obtained full defense verdict at six day jury trial where plaintiff, an employee of nineteen years, alleged sexual orientation discrimination, harassment, and negligent supervision of employees. Smith v. Sonitrol, No. 14-2-02828-6, Snohomish County Superior Court. (2015)

Summary judgment dismissal in putative class action alleging unpaid bonuses

Prevailed on summary judgment motion against four defendants alleging wrongful withholding of contractually guaranteed bonus payments. Plaintiffs had brought a putative class action on behalf of all similarly situated managers in multiple production plants across Washington state. Sampson et al v. JELD-WEN, inc., No. 1:15-cv-03025-SAB, Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Washington. (2015)

Dismissal of all claims as a discovery sanction

Pursued and obtained dismissal of multiple claims, including disability discrimination, breach of contract, and wage/hour law violations, as a discovery sanction, which decision was upheld by the 9th Circuit. Wangari v. Integrated Living Services, No. 2:12-cv-1066-RAJ, Federal District Court for the Western District of Washington (2014), affirmed by Wangari v. Integrated Living Services, No. 15-35039, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. (2015)

Secured summary judgment in ERISA class action

Represented class of employees “Traveler” workers who had a portion of their pension contributions unjustly withheld by the local pension plan without providing any benefit. Secured order requiring pension plan to disburse all unlawfully retained withholdings, plus the earnings thereon, and received award of attorneys’ fees. Lehman v. Nelson, No. 2:13-cv-01835-RSM, Federal District Court for the Western District of Washington. (2014)

Negotiated favorable large-scale WISHA Settlement

Negotiated settlement of alleged WISHA violations on very favorable terms for client in litigation between Washington state’s two largest state agencies, the Department of Social and Health Services and the Department of Labor and Industries. (2014)

Conducted nation-wide health and safety audit

Conducted audit of health and safety policies for employer’s data centers in multiple states nation-wide. (2014)

Voluntary dismissal of discrimination, retaliation, and emotional distress claims

Secured a voluntary dismissal of all claims with prejudice at summary judgment phase of litigation by current employee who had successfully sued employer in the past. The employer provided no concessions, payments, or fees to the plaintiff in this case. (2013)

Dismissal of discrimination and retaliation claims

Secured judgment on the pleadings dismissing all claims stemming from alleged whistleblowing of workplace safety violations. Kelley v. Gray & Osborne, Inc., No. 13-2-15995-3, King County Superior Court. (2013)

Additional Qualifications

  • Extern, Hon. Ronald B. Leighton, Federal District Court for the Western District of Washington, Tacoma, Wash., 2010
  • Judicial Clerk, Justice James M. Johnson, Washington State Supreme Court, Olympia, Wash., 2009-2010
  • Extern, U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts, Criminal Division, Boston, 2007
  • Summer Intern, U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Office of Policy and Legislation, Washington, D.C., 2007

Professional & Community Activities

Board member, MS Helping Hands