Overview

Christina "Tina" Tellado is a labor and employment attorney in Holland & Knight’s Los Angeles and Philadelphia offices who focuses her practice on the representation of employers in all aspects of employment and labor law, with a particular emphasis on wage and hour, discrimination and harassment, and trade secret and non-compete issues. Ms. Tellado's practice encompasses counseling clients on workforce issues and representing them when litigation arises.

Ms. Tellado has extensive experience representing employers in nationwide class and collective actions and complex employment litigation from receipt of the complaint through discovery, class certification and trial. Ms. Tellado regularly defends complex wage-and-hour litigation involving overtime, minimum wage, off-the-clock, classification of exempt or nonexempt overtime status, misclassification as an independent contractor or contingent worker, and meal and rest break claims. She is skilled at organizing voluminous data and assisting clients with eDiscovery demands, and managing attorney teams to collect and develop facts in cases involving thousands of employees.

Ms. Tellado regularly defends claims brought under the full range of federal and state employment statutes and state common laws, including Title VII, the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) before state and federal trial and appellate courts, and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and numerous state agencies. She has successfully represented clients in all phases of litigation, including trials and arbitrations on such claims.

In addition, Ms. Tellado counsels employers on compensation plans to ensure legal compliance, and otherwise counsels employers on wage-and-hour issues related to compensable time, wage deductions and commissions. She routinely advises employers on implementing and enforcing arbitration agreements with class and collective action waivers. Ms. Tellado also counsels clients on workforce reductions, workplace investigations, hiring decisions and processes, disability accommodations and medical leaves, termination and discipline decisions, senior management contract negotiations, severance negotiations, drafting employee handbooks and policies, and other workforce issues. Ms. Tellado also conducts internal wage-and-hour audits to assist clients in properly classifying employees, protecting against off-the-clock liability, and avoiding independent contractor misclassification and joint employer liability.

Experience

  • Represented a national healthcare insurance company in arbitration and alleged representative action alleging various claims for alleged unpaid compensation and penalties under the California Labor Code and Private Attorneys General Act
  • Represented an international pharmaceutical company in multiple nationwide class and collective actions asserting that company improperly classified its sales representatives as exempt outside sales and/or administrative employees in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and various state laws
  • Represented a national healthcare provider in series of collective and class actions in which plaintiffs sought payment for alleged overtime compensation due as a result of company's purported policy of automatically deducting 30-minute meal break each day
  • Represented an emergency room medical group in arbitration proceeding involving former employee alleging gender discrimination in promotion decisions and constructive discharge claims; obtained a judgment finding on behalf of the employer on all counts
  • Represented a medical technology company in federal action alleging disability discrimination and failure to engage in the interactive process claims; obtained summary judgment in employer's favor on all claims and dismissal of the matter

  • Represented a satellite television provider and service provider in 12 separate multiplaintiff cases filed in 10 states, all asserting minimum wage and overtime pay violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and various state laws based on the "piece rate" compensation of satellite technicians and a joint employer theory of liability
  • Represented a technology company in two nationwide collective actions alleging FLSA violations and state law claims, including off-the-clock, overtime, minimum wage, misclassification, meal and rest break, and wage statement claims
  • Represented a telecommunications provider in state class action alleging various claims under California Labor Code, involving thousands of employees

  • Represented a manufacturer of specialized industrial equipment, consumables and related service businesses in putative statewide class action and representative action asserting that in more than 30 corporate locations, employees were subject to alleged unlawful policies resulting in alleged violations of the California Labor Code and penalties under California's Private Attorneys General Act
  • Represented a retail mortgage loan company in four class and collective actions asserting that in four different corporate locations, company failed to pay its nonexempt retail loan officers for all hours worked; company allegedly had an unwritten policy that retail loan officers were not to record hours worked in excess of 40 in a week, resulting in willful violations of Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA); defeated motions for nationwide certification and notice; cases proceeded individually, conditionally certified on state-by-state basis, until settlement on the eve of trial
  • Represented a national restaurant chain in multiple nationwide collective actions and individual state action alleging FLSA and state law violations; plaintiffs sought unpaid minimum wage and overtime compensation as a result of, among other things, allegedly working off-the-clock; company allegedly had an unwritten policy that employees were not to record hours worked in excess of 40 in a week, resulting in willful violations of FLSA.
  • Represented a national home goods provider in state class actions alleging various claims under California Labor Code and Private Attorneys General Act, involving thousands of employees; plaintiffs sought unpaid compensation and penalties as a result of, among other things, allegedly off-the-clock work, alleged meal and rest period violations, alleged failure to timely pay final wages, alleged failure to provide accurate wage statements and penalties
  • Represented an international food manufacturer in multiple collective actions alleging FLSA violations; plaintiffs sought alleged unpaid wages, including overtime, incurred for time spent donning and doffing clothing and associated personal protective equipment, as well as waiting and/or walking time
  • Represented a national provider of waste hauling services in putative class and collective under the FLSA and state analogues; plaintiffs sought unpaid overtime compensation as a result of, among other things, allegedly working off-the-clock and employer's nationwide policy of deducting a 30-minute meal break each day

Credentials

Education
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.
  • Texas Woman's University, B.S.
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • California
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

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