Valerie is an associate in the Labor & Employment Group. Her practice focuses on management-side representation in both employment litigation and traditional labor matters. Valerie works on employment discrimination matters and assists in representing employers on a wide variety of employment claims, including wage-and-hour litigation, wrongful discharge allegations, and actions under the Labor Management Relations Act. She also works on traditional labor matters on behalf of private employers under the National Labor Relations Act, as well as public employers under state and local laws, including the Policemen and Firemen Collective Bargaining Act (Act 111), the Police Pension Fund Act (Act 600), and the Public Employee Relations Act (Act 195). Valerie provides guidance relating to employment practices, including anti-harassment policies, workplace investigations, employment applications, drug testing policies, and employee discipline.
Prior to joining Reed Smith, Valerie worked for the State of Delaware, Office of Management and Budget in the Labor Relations and Employment Practices Section where she handled collective bargaining negotiations at a state-run healthcare facility, advised state agencies on employment practices, and represented the State in grievance arbitrations, unfair labor practice charges, and discrimination claims.