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Gianfranco J. Cuadra

Associate

Gianfranco J. Cuadra

Gianfranco J. Cuadra is an associate attorney at Pechman Law Group PLLC who represents and advises employers and employees in all aspects of workplace law.

Mr. Cuadra represents employees in all aspects of wage-and-hour disputes before state and federal courts.  He also represents employees in negotiating employment contract terms and settlements.  In addition, Mr. Cuadra represents employees in breach of contract, retaliation, wrongful discharge, harassment, and discrimination disputes before federal and state courts and administrative agencies. 

Mr. Cuadra represents employers in wage-and-hour and discrimination disputes before state and federal courts.  He counsels employers regarding compliance with leave laws, the Wage Theft Prevention Act, and wage-and-hour laws, including proper classification of employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state laws.  On behalf of management, Mr. Cuadra has conducted numerous internal investigations arising out of allegations of discrimination, harassment, insubordination, and other employee relations issues.

Mr. Cuadra has significant experience representing and counseling employees and employers in the hospitality, building services, construction, courier, and manufacturing industries.  His representations include:

·      A $1.25 million settlement on behalf of eighteen warehouse employees in an unpaid overtime wages action against an electronics distributor;

·      A $625,000 settlement on behalf of twelve waiters in a collective action for stolen tips and unpaid minimum and overtime wages against a famous New York restaurant;

·      Litigation of numerous wage-and-hour disputes ranging from single employee to hybrid class and collective actions with hundreds of class members involving diverse claims, such as unpaid overtime and minimum wages, unpaid spread-of-hours pay, tip theft, time shaving, unlawful deductions, withheld commissions, unlawfully retained service charges, and Wage Theft Prevention Act violations;

·      Defense of a nationwide package delivery Fortune 500 company in state and federal courts concerning claims of misclassification and unpaid wages;

·      Defense of a financial recruiting company and its principals in discrimination and breach of contract claims;

·      Defense and counseling of executives in breach of restrictive covenants claims and settlement negotiations; and

·      Negotiation of non-disclosure, non-competition, severance, employment, and compensation agreements on behalf of executives and management.

Prior to joining Pechman Law Group PLLC, Mr. Cuadra worked as an associate attorney at Winston & Strawn LLP, representing clients in complex commercial disputes involving issues of defamation, breach of contract, securities, antitrust, and labor and employment laws.

Areas of practice
Bar admissions

Bar Admissions and Memberships

  • New York State
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • New York State Bar Association
education

Hofstra University School of Law

J.D., magna cum laude

Research Editor, Hofstra Law Review

Member, National Order of Scribes for outstanding legal writing 

Binghamton University, State University of New York

B.A., summa cum laude, in history, philosophy, and comparative literature (triple major)

Published Works

Speaking Engagements/Publications

·  Faculty Panelist in FLSA Mediator Training Program hosted by the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York – November 2018

· Faculty Panelist in New York City Bar CLE program FLSA Math: How to Calculate Wage-Related Damages – November 2018

· Faculty Panelist in New York City Bar CLE program FLSA Math: How to Calculate Wage-Related Damages – October 2017

Languages
  • Spanish and French – Fluent
  • Italian – working knowledge
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