Maria C. Rodriguez
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Maria C. Rodriguez advises US and international corporations with regard to employment law compliance and mergers and acquisitions; and defends employment cases and class action litigation. She is a trusted advisor to clients helping them avoid or resolve disputes and protect resources through proactive and strategic planning. She is experienced working with clients in the sports, media and entertainment, technology, food and restaurant, airline, transportation and distribution, health care and fashion industries. Read Maria Rodriguez's full bio.
President Releases Executive Order Prohibiting Training for Contractors and Federal Grant Recipients
By Rachel B. Cowen, James W. Kim and Maria C. Rodriguez on Oct 7, 2020
Posted In Employment, Labor
On September 22, 2020, US President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order, which prohibits federal contractors and recipients of federal grants from conducting certain workplace training on race and sex stereotyping. This Executive Order is likely to be challenged on various grounds, including First Amendment grounds, but all employers may wish to review their workplace...
By Chris Braham, Yesenia M. Gallegos, Maria C. Rodriguez and Marjorie Clara Soto on Jul 28, 2020
Posted In Employment, Privacy and Data Security
Class action litigation brought under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) is on the rise—particularly in California—after the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a 2017 decision applying a hypertechnical approach to the FCRA’s disclosure requirements. Background checks are an integral part of the hiring process, but they open employers up to...
By Maria C. Rodriguez on Feb 25, 2020
Posted In Employment, Labor
One in five job applicants say an interviewer flirted with them during a job interview, and more than half of them flirted back, according to a survey by background-screening firm JDP. Of the 1,997 people surveyed, 58% of the women flirted back and 71% of the men reciprocated. The attraction may not have been mutual,...
By Michelle S. Strowhiro, Maria C. Rodriguez, Jeffrey Holdvogt, Ellen M. Bronchetti, Andrew Liazos and Ron Holland on Mar 5, 2019
Posted In Employment, Executive Compensation
In a presentation at McDermott’s Employment and Employee Benefits Forum, our lawyers discuss the patchwork of state and local laws surrounding pay equity for similarly situated employees doing the same job. Particularly in California, new developments have emerged further clarifying pay equity laws. For best practices, they recommend: Establishing compensation ranges across substantially similar jobs...
By Ellen M. Bronchetti, Erin Turley, Maria C. Rodriguez, McDermott Will & Emery and Ron Holland on Feb 7, 2019
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employment
When California’s Dynamex decision rolled out the “ABC test”, it placed the burden on the employer to prove independent contractor (IC) status. In a presentation at the Employment and Employee Benefits Forum in California, McDermott’s lawyers discussed the implications of Dynamex, as it applies to various types of employers as well as those using staffing...