Carrie A. Valdez

Associate

Cleveland
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Overview

Carrie Valdez draws on a background in hospitality to bolster her employment practice, which focuses on class action and wage and hour disputes, defense of clients in discrimination and retaliation cases, internal investigations, FMLA and ADA compliance, 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. She recognizes the importance of understanding clients’ business objectives and embraces a service mindset to address concerns and develop creative and practical solutions.

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  • Works closely with employers of all sizes and across many industries in all manner of employment law disputes, including discrimination, retaliation and FLSA wage-and-hour litigation, review of personnel policies and compliance with federal and state laws.
  • Acts as an outside investigator to companies conducting prompt and thorough investigations into claims of harassment and discrimination brought against senior leadership.
  • Has obtained dismissals of several employment discrimination and retaliation claims for clients in federal and state courts and before federal and state agencies.
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Experience

  • Works closely with employers of all sizes and across many industries in all manner of employment law disputes, including discrimination, retaliation and FLSA wage-and-hour litigation, review of personnel policies and compliance with federal and state laws.
  • Acts as an outside investigator to companies conducting prompt and thorough investigations into claims of harassment and discrimination brought against senior leadership.
  • Has obtained dismissals of several employment discrimination and retaliation claims for clients in federal and state courts and before federal and state agencies.
  • Regularly guides federal contractor clients through compliance requirements of the Office of Federal Contracts Compliance Program (OFCCP). Leads clients through compliance audit, prepares affirmative action plans and counsels organizations through OFCCP compliance requirements, focusing on outreach and recruiting.
  • 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.
  • Conducts wage-and-hour audits for large Ohio hotels.
  • Provides various workplace trainings for management and employees, including equal employment opportunity/discrimination/harassment/retaliation trainings and wage hour trainings.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Ohio Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2021 to 2022)

Community

  • Footpath Foundation: Board of Directors
  • Saint Albert the Great: Member of Parish Finance Council

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

In The Blogs

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Employment Class Action Blog
PAGA In The News – Ninth Circuit Sides with California Supreme Court On Enforcement of PAGA Waivers and California Amends The Statute
By John B. Lewis, Carrie A. Valdez
October 1, 2015
The Ninth Circuit Decision Delivering a perhaps unexpected blow to employers, the Ninth Circuit sided with the California Supreme Court earlier this week in upholding the state-court-fashioned Iskanian rule, which prevents employees from...
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