Janine Guzmán is Of Counsel of the Firm's Labor & Employment Practice Group. For 20 years, Ms. Guzmán has represented and counseled corporate clients on complex labor and employment matters including hiring, wage and hour, statutory licenses and employee benefits, performance, discipline and termination, business restructurings, reductions in force and relocations, drug testing programs, discrimination, sexual harassment, affirmative action, employee privacy, confidentiality and restrictive covenants, defamation, safety in the workplace and immigration. She has developed an expertise in all areas of both the federal and local labor legal and regulatory aspects that is rare to find in a single attorney.
Janine counsels small, medium, and large national and international corporations regarding employment issues on an ongoing basis. She advises a wide range of businesses covering a number of sectors, such as, retail, whole sale, services, educational institutions, hotels and leisure, communications and manufacturing. Janine’s extensive experience includes wrongful discharges, employment discrimination proceedings at the federal, state, and local levels and defending claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act and Puerto Rico wage and hour laws; Unemployment Bureau, Industrial Commission, Anti Discrimination Unit, the EEOC, OSHA, Arbitration and Conciliation Bureau and The National Labor Relations Board. Janine works closely with the Firm’s Corporate Department in conducting due diligences and/or assisting in the disclosures of employee and labor matters in different business mergers and acquisitions, either on the Buyers or Purchasers side, stock or asset purchase deals. During the last years, she has participated in important transactions involving finance institutions, communication companies and medical and hospital supplies distributors.
Ms. Guzmán is a member of the Retailer’s Committee of the Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce and serves as lecturer in employment law seminars for The Society of Human Resources Management and the Council of Education in Management. Ms. Guzmán also counsels the Firm’s clients on the regulatory aspects of the Puerto Rico Department of Consumers Affairs, represents them in adjudicative proceedings before the agency and trains our clients’ management teams on DACO regulations.
Place of birth:
- Inter-American University of Puerto Rico School of Law, Santurce, PR
- College of Mount St. Joseph, OH
- Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, 1988
- U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, 1989
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, 1989
- U.S. Supreme Court, 1991
Past Employment Experience:
- Correa Collazo Herrero Jiménez & Fortuño, San Juan, PR
2002 - 2005
- Lausell & Carlo, PSC, San Juan, PR
1999 – 2002
- Cancio, Nadal, Rivera & Díaz, San Juan, PR
1996 - 1999
- Caribbean Refrescos, Inc., subsidiary of the Coca-Cola Company, San Juan, PR
In house counsel
1992 - 1996
- McConnell Valdés, San Juan, PR
Professional Associations and Memberships:
- Federal Bar Association
- Society for Human Resources Management
- Association of Labor Relations Practitioners
- Puerto Rico Bar Association
- Successfully led the most complex U.S. visa application proceeding held in Puerto Rico, petitioning approximately 180 visas for immigrant workers from Spain and Mexico to work on the final phase of a major construction project of an important European Hotel chain in the island.
- Frequently provides awareness workshops and manager training programs on compliance issues relating the legal and regulatory requirements that apply to business operation in Puerto Rico to management and human resources personnel.
- Extensive experience in designing and implementing labor legal audits designed to identify compliance issues. Conducting disciplinary investigations for the detection of fraud and other irregular activities and ensuring the implementation of loss prevention practices. Handled a sensitive fraud investigation of a top manager of a 500 fortune company which culminated with an indictment.
- Counseled several multi-million dollar firms regarding the employment implications of their proposed mergers or acquisitions.
- Effectively defended employers with respect to an EEOC charges alleging age discrimination.
- Obtained summary judgment on former employee’s discrimination based on sexual preferences, defamation, and wrongful termination claims.
- Successfully represented employers in cases involving employees’ claims for unjust dismissal.
- Successfully represented employer in a lawsuit alleging wrongful discharge, unpaid overtime pay, meal period penalties and commissions.