Employment Litigation

Panic is Not a Strategy

When an employee files a claim against your company or compromises your trust, Lurie, Zepeda, Schmalz, Hogan & Martin takes over the burden of seeking justice.  We efficiently gather evidence to develop a sound strategy, then seek resolution as efficiently as possible.  While we may pursue a negotiated settlement, we are equally skilled at pursuing trial if necessary.

As a result of our decades of experience trying cases in Southern California and our knowledge of California procedure, out-of-state attorneys call us to serve as local counsel on employment law matters.  In these situations, we communicate clearly with lead counsel to ensure they remain informed throughout the process.

Our broad-ranging experience resolving employment matters include:

Wrongful Termination

Successfully and expediently defended a national retail chain against former employee’s allegations of wrongful termination due to sexual orientation and race discrimination.

Employee Embezzlement

Achieved a $1.1 million verdict in client’s favor after a 2-month jury trial against an employee for breach of fiduciary duty relating to employee embezzlement and misappropriation of trade secrets for theft of confidential client information.

Sexual Harassment

Successfully secured a waiver and release of a former employee’s sexual harassment allegations after conducting the former employee’s deposition.

Wage & Hour Disputes

Representing the employer, settled employee’s discrimination and wage and hour violation claims in client’s favor, with dismissal of the complaint with prejudice.


Successfully defended a large franchisee-employer against former employee’s allegations of pregnancy discrimination without going to trial.

Breach of Contract

On the eve of the employee’s deposition, successfully settled a complaint filed by former employee alleging breach of implied employment contract claiming that the offense for which her employment was terminated was a widely accepted practice by the employer.

Misappropriation of Intellectual Property

After one-month jury trial, achieved a verdict in client’s favor for claims of misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of contract against a former employee who had stolen confidential information and used it to open a competing business.