Employment Litigation

Martinez Law Group, P.C. represents employers and employees in a wide range of workplace issues, handling claims within state, federal, and arbitration contexts.  Our attorneys have litigated cases arising under the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Colorado Wage Claim Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII (the Civil Rights Act), the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act, the Equal Pay Act and the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016.  We also handle common law claims relating to at-will employment, wrongful termination, breach of employment contract, non-compete agreements, and trade secrets. 

In the last few years, the attorneys of Martinez Law Group, P.C. have achieved success on behalf of both publicly-traded companies and individuals.  A few examples from the last five years include:

  • In February 2017, the firm’s attorneys won a 7-day jury trial in federal court on behalf of its client, an entity accused of wide spread pay discrimination.  Prior to trial, on motions filed, the firm dismissed 18 other claims against two co-defendants, leaving only the pay claim for trial.
  • The firm recently obtained a seven-figure settlement for a wrongfully terminated employee.
  • In May, 2016, our trial team successfully defended a large locally-based company in a two week jury trial in U.S. District Court.  The plaintiff, a female in a non-traditional job and industry, had alleged hostile work environment, discrimination and retaliation.
  • On June 15, 2015, our firm prevailed in the Colorado Supreme Court on behalf of the employer in Coats v. DISH Network L.L.C., a marijuana case of first impression.  Our firm had successfully defended the employer in both the trial court and Colorado Court of Appeals.  In a landmark 6-0 decision, the Colorado Supreme Court affirmed, holding that marijuana use is not a lawful activity within the meaning of Colorado’s lawful off-duty activities statute.
  • In another marijuana case, a former employee discharged for failing a random drug test sued the employer alleging a half-dozen claims.  Our firm successfully defended the employer, getting all six claims dismissed in the trial court, and obtaining an order requiring the ex-employee to pay the employer’s attorney fees and costs.  The Colorado Court of Appeals affirmed in July 2014.
  • In March 2014, in a jury trial in Denver, our attorneys obtained a defense verdict in favor of a client accused of interfering with a third party’s employment contract and causing significant damages to a high profile individual.                                                                                                                                                         
  • The firm’s attorneys successfully prosecuted a breach of contract and trade secret case in Denver District Court.  The trial, which lasted eight days, resulted in the enforcement of our client’s non-compete and confidentiality clause.  Our client was awarded damages that included attorney fees it incurred prosecuting the case against the former employee.                                                                                            
  • The firm’s attorneys won a six day jury trial, vindicating all three of their clients, who were accused of breaching a contract with a former executive and engaging in fraud.  The jury was out less than an hour.   
  • The firm defended a publicly traded company sued in Texas for allegedly discriminating on the basis of disability.  The company was completely exonerated in 2013 at trial.                                                       
  • Our attorneys successfully defended a large employer in an arbitration against a former employee who alleged sexual orientation and gender discrimination as well as retaliation.  An award was entered in favor of the employer on all state and federal claims.                    
  • In 2013, our attorneys successfully brought claims against a large company on behalf of a group of former executives whose contracts were breached.  
  • On behalf of a handful of older workers who were discriminated against and removed from service and/or terminated the firm obtained a large six figure settlement.