Meredith Cavallaro

 

Meredith Cavallaro is a member of Paduano & Weintraub LLP and is the Partner in charge of the Firm’s Employment Practice.  She has been with the firm since 2000.  Her practice is devoted to all aspects of employment litigation and counseling.  She defends employers nationally, and across various industries, in state and federal actions and arbitrations brought by former or present employees alleging discrimination (based on race, gender, age, religion, pregnancy and disability), harassment, hostile work environment, violation of equal pay laws and retaliation, as well as violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act and state and local wage and hour laws.  She leads a team that responds to and manages the complex issues that arise from workplace crises, including high profile sexual harassment complaints.

Meredith leads a team that helps employers throughout the country navigate the constantly changing landscape of labor and employment laws and regulations.  She assists clients in risk management by creating proactive solutions to workplace issues.  She creates and helps clients implement compliant and practical policies and best practices.  She helps clients build a workplace infrastructure that balances business needs and legal compliance while mitigating short and long term litigation risk.  She advises clients on responding to internal complaints, addressing leaves of absence, reasonable accommodation, and retaliation.  She conducts workplace investigations, implements performance improvement plans, and advises on terminations. She advises on corporate restructuring and reductions in force.

Meredith regularly provides management level training seminars and employee harassment training and intervention.  Meredith’s team drafts employment handbooks, policies, offer letters, employment agreements and severance agreements.  Meredith creates solutions to protect clients’ trade secrets and proprietary information, and to protect against post-employment competition and the solicitation of clients and other employees.

Rapidly changing federal, state and local wage and hour laws and regulations underscore the importance of implementing wage and hour compliance tools.  Meredith advises employers on wage and hour compliance, including employee classifications, compliant recordkeeping techniques, overtime and break regulations and off the clock and time editing risk mitigation tools.  She also counsels clients on methods to mitigate collective and class action litigation risk.  She conducts audits of employment policies and practices to identify and address noncompliance exposure.  She conducts due diligence into employment risks in connection with mergers and acquisitions. She defends employers in single plaintiff and collective and class actions throughout the country alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and its state and local counterparts.  She employs strategic approaches to eliminate class claims.  She has implemented litigation techniques to resolve class and collective actions at the earliest stages and in the most economical manner.   She simultaneously determines whether an employer has systemic wage and hour compliance risk and, if so, creates and implements effective compliance strategies.

Meredith also defends employers in investigations, audits and proceedings before numerous federal and state governmental agencies.

Meredith also defends employers in disputes arising out of executive compensation packages.

Meredith was elected as the co-chair of the Employment Practices Liability Committee of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance in 2017.  Additionally, she has been recognized as a New York Metro Super Lawyer.

Meredith’s notable recent speaking engagements include:

  • 2018 RIMS Conference, “New Perspectives on Sexual Harassment Claims and Risk Management”
  • 2018 CLM National Conference, “The ADA almost 30 years later: Judicial Activism Versus the Administrative Pullback and The Impact on The ADA’s Application to Websites”
  • 2017 Employment Practices Liability Insurance ExecuSummit, “National Origin and the Trump Travel Ban: Impact on Businesses and Expectations for the Future.”
  • 2017 CLM Management & Professional Liability Conference, “Dramatic Shifts in the Legal and Regulatory EPL Landscape Under the New Administration: a highlight on areas of focus by the EEOC and the DOL including wage gap issues and age discrimination claims as 2017 marks the 50th Anniversary of the ADEA.”
  • 2017 CLM National Conference, “2016 Employment Law Update – From Retaliation to Cutting Edge Evidence Being Offered in Employment Cases. What’s old is new in the employment legal landscape (and what’s new is new)”
  • 2016 Southwest Employment Practices Liability CLM Conference, “Emerging Trends in Employment Litigation: Spotlight on Medical Cannabis in the Workplace, Website and Technology Access Claims and Joint Employer Liability.”
  • American Conference Institute’s (ACI) 23rd Employment Practices Liability Insurance conferenced in 2015, “The Bermuda Triangle of the ADA, FMLA, and Workers Compensation in the EPLI Realm: Understanding the Complexities, Creating Solutions, and Reducing Claims”

Meredith graduated from Brooklyn Law School in 1999.  Meredith lives in Manhattan with her husband and two children.

BAR ADMISSIONS

New York; United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

New Jersey; United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

EDUCATION

  • Hofstra University, B.A., 1996
  • Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 1999