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Patrick H. Ouzts dedicates his legal practice to helping business leaders and in-house lawyers with issues affecting the workplace.  These issues include discipline and discharge, accommodation and leave requests, allegations of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation, and labor relations.  

As a member of FordHarrison’s airline group, Patrick often litigates in federal and state courts.  He has successfully defended lawsuits arising out of terminations, performance management, accommodation requests, military leave requests and returns, medical leave, fit for duty exams, harassment allegations, whistleblower claims, and issues involving wages and pay practices.  He is also well-versed in the practical application of the Railway Labor Act, providing key support to labor relations professionals in the airline industry.  He has offered boots-on-the-ground guidance during union campaigns and has represented management during arbitrations.  And he has litigated related claims of union animus.

He is also a member of the firm’s education group and has represented some of Georgia’s largest school districts in cases involving special education, public employment, and board governance.

Ultimately, Patrick’s experience includes advice, counsel, and representation on employment-issues arising under Title VII, ADA, ADEA, USERRA, FMLA, FLSA, AIR21, the RLA, IDEA, and Section 504.

Representative Experience
  • Dismissal of class action Equal Protection claim filed by band teachers who were terminated in a reduction in force (affirmed by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals).
  • Dismissal of IDEA, §504, and ADA claims filed by student with ADHD who alleged school district failed to provide proper educational services resulting in him not graduating high school (affirmed by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals).
  • Summary judgment granted on ADA claim filed by a flight attendant with a fear of flying because she was unable to perform the essential functions of the job.
  • Preliminary injunction granted which prohibited union and its members from authorizing, causing, engaging in, sanctioning, or assisting in any work stoppage or strike.
  • Summary judgment granted on ADA claim filed by teacher with diagnosed paranoia because attempt to transfer schools was not a formal accommodation request.
  • Secured numerous terminations through administrative hearings.