Edna Guerrasio is senior counsel in the Labor & Employment Law Department. Edna litigates employment matters in court, as well as before state and federal administrative agencies, such as Office for Civil Rights, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Department of Labor. These matters typically involve wage and hour, restrictive covenant, contractual, accommodation, discrimination, retaliation and/or harassment claims. In addition, Edna has served as counsel for clients undertaking reductions in force, advising from the start of the decision-making process through implementation, with the goal of avoiding litigation.
With 15 years in practice, Edna possesses robust legal expertise and courtroom experience, having served as second chair in a prominent federal court trial and numerous arbitrations. She has also argued dispositive motions before both district and appellate courts.
In addition to her litigation experience, Edna collaborates with clients to find practical solutions to the variety of issues that arise in the workplace. Edna advises clients on all aspects of the employment relationship, including the creation of sensible personnel policies, and the preparation of policy manuals, employee handbooks and student handbooks. She counsels clients in various industries, including finance, healthcare, transportation, technology, fashion and higher education.
Having considerable experience with academic institutions, Edna understands the unique issues colleges and universities face. In addition to litigating on behalf of higher education institutions, Edna has assisted these clients in conducting internal investigations, responding to complaints from OCR, and regularly advises them regarding claims under Title IX, Title VII, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the ADAAA, including claims of sexual harassment, sexual assault, discrimination, retaliation and failure to accommodate.