Gina M. Ameci aggressively represents client interests, providing legal and practical guidance and advice to assist executives, managers and business and human resources professionals to make decisions addressing day-to-day human resources issues. The emphasis is on risk management to prevent or avoid potential problems and minimize legal fees.
Gina counsels companies in diverse industries in all aspects of employment matters, including litigation and litigation management, wage and hour audits, harassment and other business training, traditional employee/management relations and general matters affecting the employment relationship.
Gina is a member of the Labor and Employment Law Section of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney and a member of the firm's Board of Directors.
She brings a unique multi-perspective to labor and employment issues with more than 35 years of experience in government, corporate and private practice, which includes serving as an attorney for the U.S. Department of Labor and as legal counsel/manager of employee relations for Harrah's Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. Gina has a very personal knowledge of the gaming industry, having worked for casinos in both Atlantic City and Las Vegas, where Gina resided for more than six years.
Because Gina has been a litigator, as well as an in-house counselor, she is able to provide unique skills in the representation of clients and help clients prepare for litigation if that result cannot be avoided. Her comprehensive representation of clients combines employment-related advice with the defense and enforcement of client interests through arbitration, mediation and litigation, with a focused goal toward minimizing legal costs.
Gina focuses on assisting clients to make legal, business and practical decisions that emphasize cost-effectiveness and risk management. As a former attorney for the U.S. Department of Labor, Gina is particularly adept at resolving issues related to the misclassification of overtime eligible employees. In addition, she counsels high-level executives, front-line managers and human resources professionals in diverse industries, all with the goal of litigation risk and cost reduction. Gina also helps client companies establish an effective and productive pro-employee culture, including achieving effective union-management relationships. She frequently is retained to conduct training for specific employment-related issues to help control legal risks and handle government investigations. She also is frequently retained to act in the capacity of general counsel to assist both in-house counsel and mid-level companies manage litigation and litigation risks and costs.
In addition to federal and state court litigation, and representation before federal and state regulatory agencies, Gina has experience finding private, alternative solutions to multi-year litigation matters. Gina also works to protect and enforce employment and noncompetition agreements and confidential information and trade secrets.
Some of Gina's recent representations include:
- Defended several clients against claims of employment discrimination in federal court.
- Had dismissed, without trial, multiple claims of disability discrimination and retaliation in federal court.
- Defended and privately resolved whistleblowing claims.
- Resolved claims alleging unpaid time worked and overtime.
- Prevented the filing of class action litigation involving the misclassification of jobs.
- Defended a client against a Department of Labor (DOL) Family Medical Leave Act claim.
- Resolved a claim brought by the DOL, Occupational Safety Health Administration Review Commission, against a client in a manufacturing industry. The client was able to avoid a potential shutdown of operations as well as the imposition of fines and penalties.
- Prevented the filing of a sexual harassment claim against a client in the transportation industry by conducting a thorough examination and providing the appropriate and necessary training to managers.
- Resolved a disability discrimination claim by developing alternative accommodations for the employee, which achieved client efficiencies.
- Guided a client through the successful acquisition of a large number of employees. Even though the transition necessitated several layoffs, the client was able to avoid any litigation.
Gina is well known for her work in the labor and employment field and holds Martindale-Hubbell's® highest rating (AV®) for ethics and legal ability. Her articles have been published in leading professional journals, and she is frequently asked to speak on labor topics, including:
- Litigation Land Mines — The Hiring Decision.
- Litigation Land Mines — Terminating Employees.
- The Interplay Between the FMLA, ADA and Workers' Compensation.
- Dead-Beat Dads Legislation and New Hire Reporting.
- Termination without Litigation.
- Performance Appraisals and Evaluation: The Basis of Merit-Based Pay.
- Dealing with the Family and Medical Leave Act.
- Understanding Sexual Harassment.
- Understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- Removing Barriers: The Americans with Disabilities Act and Public Accommodations.
- Who Are Employees Under the Employment Laws?
- The Fair Labor Standards Act – What Businesses Need to Know.
- Managing without Interference: Operating in a Non-Union Environment.
- National Labor Relations Act – Selected Provisions.
- Commonly Misapplied Exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
- Sexual Harassment and You – Avoiding Sexual Harassment Claims.
- Selected Issues under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- Covenants Not to Compete.
- Protecting Your Confidential Information.
- The NLRB’s Attack on Handbook Policies.