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Admitted to Practice

  • Washington, 2009
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, 2011
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Washington, 2011

Joseph P. Hoag

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Joseph Hoag represents and counsels clients in a variety of employment, employee benefit, and educational contexts. In his litigation practice, Joseph has successfully represented clients in cases raising discrimination, retaliation, ERISA, wrongful termination, breach of contract, and state and federal constitutional claims. He is experienced in all stages of litigation in single, multi-plaintiff, and class action cases, from taking and defending depositions to winning dispositive and non-dispositive motions and conducting trials.

In his counseling practice, Joseph advises employers on a variety of sensitive workplace issues such as reasonable accommodations, employee discipline and termination, and hiring issues, including the myriad of federal, state, and local laws regarding employee and applicant background checks. Joseph advises educational institutions regarding compliance with various state and federal laws, including discrimination laws and Washington’s public charter schools legislation.

Joseph also actively serves his community. Hi pro bono work ranges from advising small non-profits on employment matters to representing victims of domestic violence and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) in court. Outside of the office, Joseph is actively involved with the Boy Scouts of America and other local youth groups.

Representative Experience

Employment counseling for businesses and nonprofits

Revises employment policies and advises on avoiding liability in sensitive employment matters such as background checks, terminations, hiring, and issues related to religious expression. (Ongoing)

Full defense verdict at age discrimination jury trial

Obtained full defense verdict at trial where plaintiff, an employee of sixteen years, alleged age discrimination as true motivation for lay-off. (2013)

Dismissal of discrimination and retaliation charges

Obtained a judgment on the pleadings, dismissing all charges against employer in lawsuit filed by former supervisor who alleged discrimination and retaliation for reporting alleged safety violations at a construction site. (2013)

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)

Successful pre-litigation settlement for international security contractor

Favorably resolved threat of multimillion-dollar lawsuit brought by 30 former security guards alleging various claims of wage and hour violations, retaliation, and discrimination based on race, religion, national origin, and sex. (2012)

Unlawful termination lawsuit for public employer

Defended and favorably resolved litigation against Washington public employer in lawsuit filed by former managers alleging constitutional due process and contract violations. (2012)

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