Employment Law

Morris Polich & Purdy's Employment Law attorneys provide full service employment representation to public and private employers of all sizes, from sole proprietors to Fortune 500 companies. For employers, avoiding litigation is a top priority, and our lawyers are experts in providing advice and counseling that help to minimize the risk of litigation and provide the proper groundwork to defend against spurious litigation, including review of employment contracts and handbooks. In cases where employment litigation is unavoidable, however, we provide focused and effective legal assistance.

Our law firm represents clients before state and federal administrative agencies, trial and appellate courts in lawsuits pertaining to every type of employment matter, including:

  • Wrongful discharge and termination claims
  • Harassment
  • Discrimination
  • Constitutional and civil rights violations
  • Defamation
  • Wage and hour disputes
  • Workplace violence
  • Protection of proprietary information
  • Breach of contract
  • Retaliation
  • Negligent hiring, retention and supervision
  • Unfair competition and trade secrets

Our attorneys keep abreast of changes in employment law, as well as the ways in which the courts are ruling on employment matters. This, in combination with their experience and involvement, enables them to implement the most effective strategies on behalf of their clients.

A CROSS SECTION OF OUR EXPERIENCE

Wage and Hour

  • MPP is highly experienced in wage and hour disputes and class action litigation, having handled employment class actions and appeals for more than 10 years.

Breach of Contract

  • We represented a major pharmaceutical company in an action alleging wrongful termination and breach of contract after a layoff as a result of a reduction in force. After discovery, the matter was settled for a minimal amount.

Negligent Hiring, Retention and Supervision

  • We represented a restaurant in a negligent hiring/retention matter where the plaintiff alleged that the restaurant negligently hired and retained a manager who allegedly sexually harassed the plaintiff. After extensive discovery demonstrated that the plaintiff’s claims were false, the matter resolved for a fraction of plaintiff’s initial settlement demand at mediation.
  • Shortly before the hearing on summary judgment, plaintiffs accepted a nominal settlement in a lawsuit where the plaintiffs claimed that a football league negligently hired and retained a volunteer football coach who allegedly attacked one of the plaintiffs.
  • We obtained a defense verdict at arbitration in a lawsuit filed against a security company alleging that it negligently hired and trained a security officer who purportedly sexually assaulted the plaintiff.
  • We obtained summary judgment, that was upheld in appeal, in favor of a client sued for negligent supervision of child’s party when fight broke out causing the plaintiff to suffer permanent facial lacerations due to being struck in the face with a broken beer bottle.

Discrimination

  • We represented a real estate brokerage company in a discrimination/retaliation case brought by three plaintiffs against their former employer and two managers. A defense verdict was obtained.
  • We represented a major retailer in wrongful discharge/sex discrimination action. We successfully demurred the case down to a breach of contract claim, which eventually settled for nuisance value.
  • We obtained a dismissal of a discrimination complaint on behalf of a major day spa at the administrative level. Plaintiff chose not to file a subsequent action in state court.
  • We represented a major pharmaceutical company in a matter alleging discriminatory discharge based upon the plaintiff's sexual preference. The case was resolved favorably.

Harassment

  • We represented a major retailer in a matter alleging wrongful termination and sexual harassment. Although the initial settlement demand was quite substantial, after initial discovery, the case resolved for a minimal amount.
  • We conducted an internal investigation of a sporting goods manufacturer to determine the veracity of sexual harassment allegations.
  • We represented an employee of a municipality against claims by six employees for sexual harassment, as well as racial and sexual discrimination. On motion for summary judgment, the court dismissed five of the six lawsuits. The remaining plaintiff then dismissed their case against our client.

Workplace Violence

  • We provided advice and counsel to a major international pipe manufacturer to determine veracity of allegations of workplace violence and employer obligations under Cal OSHA and the California Labor Code.

Wrongful Termination

  • We obtained a defense verdict in a two week trial in a wrongful termination case wherein the plaintiff claimed pregnancy discrimination.
  • We obtained a defense verdict for a Fortune 100 client in a wrongful termination in violation of public policy and violation of breach of covenant of good faith/fair dealing case. Non-suit was granted by the judge (Rule 50 motion) at the close of plaintiff's case on the wrongful termination claim. The breach of covenant claim went to jury, and a defense verdict was awarded.
  • We represented the employer and individual supervisors in connection with a claim brought by a former employee who alleged he was terminated for his refusal to engage in unlawful activity. The arbitrator found that the employee's refusal to work was not protected despite the employer being subject to heavy regulation.
  • We represented an exclusive resort-hotel in a claim by a former employee for wrongful termination in violation of public policy. The employer terminated the employee for violation of dress code. Prior to the commencement of the trial, the matter was settled for a fraction of the settlement demand.

Other

  • We recovered a 6-figure amount for a hospital on a fidelity bond claim based on employee dishonesty. The amount was in addition to another large sum that was seized from the former employee's bank and credit union accounts. In combination, the amounts represent a complete recovery of the hospital's loss.
  • We represented a major clothing retailer in litigation involving causes of action of wrongful termination, retaliation in violation of public policy, defamation, breach of Employment Contract, and breach of Stock Option Agreement. The matter eventually settled for much less than the initial demand, including a complete stock buy back by the clothing retailer.

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Peer Reviews

  • 4.9/5.0 74 reviews
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  • 4.3/5.0 18 reviews
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    5.0/5.0 on 08/21/10

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  • Marc S. Katz Read 1 review

    5.0/5.0 on 08/23/10

    Mr. Katz has represented my clients for nine years. His area of expertise is Elder Law where he does litigation and trial work. Another talent Mr.... Read more

    Mr. Katz has represented my clients for nine years. His area of expertise is Elder Law where he does litigation and trial work. Another talent Mr. Katz has honed is in the management of the excellent team he has brought together, a key issue for any client. This enhances the communications and quality of service that is provided. I continue to refer my clients to Mr. Katz in his and his firm's areas of expertise.

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    5.0/5.0 on 03/03/17

    NOT ONLY IS HE A GREAT GUY, BUT HE ACTUALLY DOES CARE ABOUT THE WELFARE OF HIS CLIENTS. BEST DECISION I MADE ALL YEAR. DEFINETLY MONEY WELL SPENT Read more

    NOT ONLY IS HE A GREAT GUY, BUT HE ACTUALLY DOES CARE ABOUT THE WELFARE OF HIS CLIENTS. BEST DECISION I MADE ALL YEAR. DEFINETLY MONEY WELL SPENT

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    5.0/5.0 on 12/29/11

    Ms. Deihl provides very professional, competent and personalized service to our business and our clients. Read more

    Ms. Deihl provides very professional, competent and personalized service to our business and our clients.

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  • Douglas C. Purdy Read 1 review

    4.8/5.0 on 08/18/10

    Finest litigation attorney I have dealt with in 40 years of practicing law. Read more

    Finest litigation attorney I have dealt with in 40 years of practicing law.

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    5.0/5.0 on 01/09/12

    I have worked with several attorneys in the firm for several different areas of law. As General Counsel, I find that this firm manages my cases efficiently and always, w... Read more

    I have worked with several attorneys in the firm for several different areas of law. As General Counsel, I find that this firm manages my cases efficiently and always, without fail, keeps me actively appraised of the status of my cases.

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    5.0/5.0 on 01/06/12

    My company was well served by Marc Katz and his colleagues at the Morris Polich and Purdy firm working out a difficult but excellent settlement as our defense counsel. Read more

    My company was well served by Marc Katz and his colleagues at the Morris Polich and Purdy firm working out a difficult but excellent settlement as our defense counsel.

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    5.0/5.0 on 01/05/12

    Jeff Belote and Betsy England are outstanding attorneys. I would give them my absolute highest recommendation. Read more

    Jeff Belote and Betsy England are outstanding attorneys. I would give them my absolute highest recommendation.

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    Morris Polich & Purdy provides very personalized, competent service. I always get to speak with the attorney assigned to the case. Reporting is prompt and thorough,... Read more

    Morris Polich & Purdy provides very personalized, competent service. I always get to speak with the attorney assigned to the case. Reporting is prompt and thorough, and advice is always accurate. The defense of our largest client is entrusted to Morris Polich & Purdy.

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More than just a word, diversity truly matters to us and to our clients. In keeping with our firm culture, we recognize the importance of diversity throughout the firm, to each other and to our clients.