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Catherine Hazany concentrates her practice on employment litigation, including Americans with Disability Act disputes, sexual harassment and wrongful termination claims.

She represents companies in a variety of industries including hospitality, transportation, service and entertainment.  Catherine advises clients about leaves of absences, the good faith interactive process, reasonable accommodations, and responding to charges filed with agencies such as the Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Prior to joining FordHarrison, Catherine maintained a professional liability defense litigation practice at a law firm in Glendale, California.  She also successfully conducted a pro bono arbitration on behalf of a non-profit organization.

During law school, Catherine served as Editor of the Southern California Review of Law and Women's Studies and worked as a law clerk for the Western Law Center for Disability Rights (now the Disability Rights Legal Center).  She was also awarded the Foundation of the State Bar of California Scholarship and the Bet Tzedek Volunteer of the Year Award.

Representative Experience
  • Successfully represented several clients in mediation and settlement of discrimination claims before the DFEH and in court.
  • Successfully defeated class certification of misclassification class action.
  • Prevailed in arbitration for restaurant in an age discrimination/wrongful termination action.
  • Successfully represented hospital in labor arbitration involving employee termination.
  • Won summary judgment on behalf of hospitality industry client in wrongful termination action based on age and sexual orientation.
  • Won summary adjudication in wrongful termination action based on age, race and perceived disability forcing favorable settlement.
Honors & Awards
  • "Southern California Rising Star," by Super Lawyers magazine, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017
  • "The Top Women Attorneys in Southern California," by Los Angeles Magazine, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016