Mariana Gaxiola represents clients in all aspects of employment litigation, including wage and hour class and collective actions, Title VII, ADA, noncompetition, and trade secret protection cases, as well as EEOC and PHRC charges. As part of her practice, she regularly counsels senior management and human resources personnel on employment law compliance matters such as reductions in force, leaves of absence, employee discipline, restrictive covenants, and exempt status classification under state laws and the FLSA. Mariana practices in state and federal courts, as well as before administrative agencies and international and domestic alternative dispute resolution panels.
In addition to her litigation practice, Mariana has experience representing management in union relations matters, charges before the NLRB, collective bargaining negotiations, and contract disputes involving grievance arbitrations. She also trains management and rank and file employees on how to avoid labor and employment law violations and litigation.
Mariana is a native Spanish speaker and regularly handles matters involving Spanish-speaking clients and employees.
Professional & Community Involvement
• Board Member and Secretary, Hispanic Legal Education Fund
• Board Member, Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania
• Board Member, Wagner Free Institute of Science of Philadelphia
• Member, Anti-Defamation League Glass Leadership Institute
• Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association
Awards & Recognition
• Team Member, a Law360 "Employment Practice Group of the Year," 2013
• Extern/Counsel, Philadelphia Gas Works, Philadelphia, PA, September 2009-August 2010
Publications & Presentations
Articles, Lectures & Publications
• Co-Author, "New Bill Seeks to Combat Theft of Trade Secrets, Protect Jobs," GT Alert, May 6, 2014
• Co-Author, "Philadelphia Law Creates New Employee Rights, Employer Obligations Concerning Pregnancy and Related Medical Conditions," GT Alert, February 20, 2014
• Author, "Expanding State Law Evidentiary Privileges According to the Religion Clause of the First Amendment: Varner v. Stovall," 9.2 Rutgers Journal of Law & Religion, 2008
• Author, "The Hard Line Between Stopping Child Pornography and Protecting Free Speech: United States v. Williams," 9.2 Rutgers Journal of Law & Religion, 2008
• Author, "Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 Violates Free Speech When Applied to Issue-Advocacy Advertisements: Federal Election Commission v. Wisconsin Right to Life, Inc.," 9.1 Rutgers Journal of Law & Religion, 2007
• Author, "Taxpayers Lack Standing to Challenge Congressionally Appropriated Funds Spent by the President: Hein v. Freedom from Religion Foundation," 9.1 Rutgers Journal of Law & Religion, 2007