Carrie A. Valdez

Associate

Cleveland
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Overview

Carrie Valdez is focusing her developing employment practice on class action and wage and hour disputes, affirmative action compliance, and client counseling. For nearly a decade prior to joining the firm, Carrie served in management and human resources positions at nationally recognized hotel and restaurant companies. Drawing on this background in hospitality, she recognizes the importance of understanding clients’ business objectives and embraces a service mindset when working with clients to address concerns and develop creative solutions.

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  • Assisted an employment team in obtaining a denial of plaintiffs’ motion for class certification in a nationwide wage and hour class action. Interviewed technology services company managers to gather evidence in support of the client’s opposition to class certification.
  • Experience with compliance requirements of the Office of Federal Contracts Compliance Program (OFCCP). Prepares affirmative action plans and counsels organizations through OFCCP compliance requirements, focusing on outreach and recruiting.
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Experience

  • Assisted an employment team in obtaining a denial of plaintiffs’ motion for class certification in a nationwide wage and hour class action. Interviewed technology services company managers to gather evidence in support of the client’s opposition to class certification.
  • Experience with compliance requirements of the Office of Federal Contracts Compliance Program (OFCCP). Prepares affirmative action plans and counsels organizations through OFCCP compliance requirements, focusing on outreach and recruiting.  

Recognitions and Memberships

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2016
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 2016
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 2016
  • Ohio, 2015

Education

  • J.D., Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, 2015; summa cum laude; Editor-in-Chief, Cleveland State Law Review
  • B.S., Cornell University, School of Hotel Administration; 2004
  • Certificate in Human Resource Studies, Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations

Blog

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Employment Law Spotlight
DOL Mandates Paid Sick Leave for Employees of Federal Contractors
By Carrie A. Valdez
October 3, 2016
Just a year after President Obama signed Executive Order 13706, Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced its final rule mandating that federal contractors provide paid sick leave to...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Reining In Individual Arbitration – Ninth Circuit Rules Class Waivers Unenforceable
By John B. Lewis, Carrie A. Valdez
August 24, 2016
In a 2-1 ruling, the Ninth Circuit became the second federal court of appeals to agree with the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) position that the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) prohibits class action waivers in employees’...
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Employment Law Spotlight
OFCCP Issues New Sex Discrimination Rule
By Carrie A. Valdez
June 16, 2016
We have made progress as a country in opening career opportunities for women that were, for decades, the province of men. Yet, there is more work that lies ahead to eradicate sex discrimination. This is why it is important that we bring...
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