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Lariza Pruneda Hebert

Associate, Houston

Overview

Lariza Hebert is an associate in the firm’s Houston office. Lariza is a litigator and has represented employers in all industries before state and federal courts, and state and federal administrative agencies. She represents clients in a broad range of labor and employment matters, such as discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims, misclassification issues, employee leave issues, trade secret litigation, and more.

Lariza also regularly counsels her clients on employment law matters, including ways to reduce risk and comply with local, state, and federal employment laws. She frequently conducts training for her clients on best practices and compliance with laws.

Before joining Fisher Phillips, Lariza worked in-house at a large grocery retailer, which makes her uniquely qualified to represent her clients as an advocate in matters affecting their business.

Lariza was included in the inaugural class of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for Labor and Employment Law – Management.

Experience

Experience

  • Obtained summary judgment in the Southern District of Texas for a global energy client against a plaintiff who brought age discrimination and retaliation claims under the ADEA, affirmed by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. 
  • Obtained summary judgment in the Southern District of Texas for an international shipping company against a plaintiff claiming age and disability discrimination.
  • Obtained complete dismissal (failure to state a claim) in the Western District of Texas for a PEO client in a multi-plaintiff FLSA case.
  • Obtained summary judgment in the Southern District of Texas for a food processing client against a plaintiff who brought various causes of action including disability discrimination, failure to accommodate, and retaliation claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act, race discrimination and retaliation under Title VII, race discrimination under Section 1981, and interference and retaliation under the Family Medical Leave Act.
  • Obtained summary judgment in the Southern District of Texas for an energy manufacturing company against a plaintiff who brought race discrimination and retaliation claims under Title VII.
  • Obtained summary judgment in the Western District of Texas for a food processing client against a plaintiff who brought multiple causes of action, including disability discrimination and failure to accommodate claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act; affirmed by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Obtained summary judgment in the Northern District of Texas for an automotive company against a plaintiff who brought eight causes of action, including claims for disability discrimination and retaliation under the Americans with Disabilities Act, age discrimination under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and interference and retaliation under the Family Medical Leave Act. 
  • Obtained arbitration award arising from collective bargaining relationship for manufacturing client.
  • Obtained trial verdict in favor of automotive dealership client in Texas state court finding certain workers were independent contractors and not employees. 
  • Obtained early summary judgment in the Southern District of Texas for an energy client based on a prior agreement against a former employee who brought claims alleging race and disability discrimination and retaliation.
  • Obtained partial summary judgement for oil and gas company against plaintiff who brought claims of race discrimination and retaliation. 

Honors & Leadership

Honors & Awards

  • Named, Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch (2021)

Professional Activities

  • Member, Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • Member, Texas Aggie Bar Association
  • Member, Houston Bar Association

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Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • Webinar for Gulf Coast Businesses/ Do’s and Don’t’s During Coronavirus
    Workforce Solutions
    4.15.20

  • COVID-19 Response Act: Key Employment Issues for Healthcare Providers
    Lammico
    4.9.20

  • The COVID-19 Coronavirus and Your Workplace: What You Need to Know
    Training Leader
    4.7.20

  • What Employers Need to Know About COVID-19, New Leave Requirements and the CARES Act
    Katy Economic Development Council
    4.6.20

  • "A Practical Guide to Mental Health Conditions in the Workplace" & "Workplace Violence Prevention"
    2018 HR Houston Gulf Coast Symposium
    5.9.2018
  • Presented on Employment Legal Updates
    Club Management Association of America Business Management Institute
    5.2.2018
  • "Austin’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance"
    Texas Retailer’s Association Forum, panel speaker 
    7.22.2018
  • Presented on the #MeToo Movement
    CUE Southwest Employers Consortium, 
    7.25.2018
  • "How and Why the Weinstein Effect Requires Every Employer to Re-examine Its Harassment Prevention Practices"
    Greater Houston Society for Healthcare Risk Management (“GHSHRM”)
    2.1.18
  • "LGBT Workers: What Employers Should Know"
    Central Texas Human Resource Management Association
    10.12.17

Articles

  • Term vs. Termination: Clauses That Create Problems in Employee Agreements
    Co-Author Kevin Troutman
    Houston Medical Journal
    August 2017

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