Employment Law

Our Employment Law practice includes the defense of claims arising from allegations of wrongful termination, based on public policy, discrimination, or contract.

Hurrell Cantrall LLP and its predecessor firms have represented employers against single-plaintiff and large class-action allegations of retaliation and discrimination on the basis of age, disability, gender, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, and other prohibited forms of discrimination.  Hurrell Cantrall LLP serves as a contract firm for the Los Angeles Unified School District on employment litigation matters. 

In particular, we have represented clients across the entire spectrum of employment discrimination and related litigation, including claims under:

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1984
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • The Age Discrimination In Employment Act
  • The Equal Pay Act, as amended
  • The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1975
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act
  • The Older Workers Benefit Protection Act
  • Sections 1981 and 1983 of the Civil Rights Act of 1966
  • State and local employment discrimination statutes and ordinances
  • State common law claims

We also emphasize the development of effective personnel-management strategies that help our clients avoid costly litigation and lengthy government investigations.  We can assist in the development of employment policies and procedures, handbooks, applications, job evaluation forms, offer letters, employment contracts and other documents that affect the employment relationship.  We also assist our clients by keeping them compliant with the law and minimizing the risks of exposure.

Illustrative Cases

  • Employee filed an action in federal court for retaliatory discharge in violation of, among other things, state laws and his First Amendment Right to Free Speech.  Defendants successfully moved for summary judgment as to the federal claims.  The state law claims were then remanded for further proceeding in state court.  Thereafter we successfully moved for summary judgment on the basis of res judicata and collateral estoppel as the issue of pretext had been previously adjudicated in federal court.
  • The plaintiff brought an action in federal court arising out of his termination from employment with a public entity. The plaintiff alleged claims for, inter alia, Title VII discrimination, breach of contract, hostile work environment, and defamation. On behalf of our public entity client, we filed a motion to dismiss the action on numerous procedural and substantive grounds, which was granted by the court despite plaintiff’s fierce opposition.  While the plaintiff was granted leave to amend initially, our motion to dismiss the first amended complaint was granted without leave to amend, resulting in a dismissal of the entire action against our client. In addition, while the plaintiff filed a notice of appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, his appeal was dismissed.

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