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.
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