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Gilda A. Hernandez

Employment and labor Attorney at Cary, NC

3.7   3 reviews

About Gilda

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  1. Employment and labor
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    Jill Hernandez has been a wage and hour practitioner for over 16 years, first as a government official for the United States Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division and then as an attorney. She has a breadth of experience in complex civil litigation matters, and she has served as counsel in large wage and hour class actions involving thousands of employees. She is a tenacious and passionate litigator who works tirelessly for her clients

    25 years

Ms. Hernandez has been a wage and hour practitioner for nearly 20 years, first as a government official for the United States Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division and then as an attorney. She has a breadth of experience in complex civil litigation matters, and she has served as counsel in large wage and hour class actions involving thousands of employees. She is a tenacious and passionate litigator who works tirelessly for her clients. Before launching her own law practice, she worked for a mid-size firm in Raleigh, NC where she built a wage and hour practice from the ground up.

In 1997, Ms. Hernandez started her wage and hour career as a government official with the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division in Los Angeles, CA. She initiated field investigations of industrial, agricultural, and other business establishments to obtain compliance with federal labor and immigration laws; enforced immigration programs under the amended H-1(B) program of INA and employment eligibility; enforced federal labor laws regarding minimum or prevailing wage rates, overtime pay, family medical leave, wage garnishment, migrant safety and health protection, government contracts and similar matters related to employment and hours worked.  She worked closely with employers to ensure their understanding of the requirements of the law and advised them on how to reach and maintain compliance.

Currently, Ms. Hernandez’s practice is focused on representing individual plaintiffs and plaintiffs in complex collective and class action litigation for alleged violations of the FLSA, NCWHA, and any other state’s wage and hour laws. Additionally, Ms. Hernandez has been interviewed for and appeared on television, radio, and in print media discussing relevant wage and hour issues affecting employees in various industries subject to the FLSA and the NCWHA.

Licensed for 15 years
State NC
Status Active
Acquired 2007
Updated 10/03/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Gilda

Law Offices of Gilda A. Hernandez
1020 Southhill Drive
Suite 130
Cary, NC, 27513

Reviews

3.7 / 5.0
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Posted by Kelly | June 9, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Satisfied client
I was represented better than I could have ever imagined. My needs were put first and was treated as a friend rather than a number. My opinions were valued and my doubts were always reassured. My nerves were calmed and the process was always explained. Charlotte and Gilda fought hard for me. They went above and beyond and did everything they could to ensure a great outcome. I couldn't have asked for a better law firm or attorney. Thanks guys!
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Posted by anonymous | July 31, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable and Caring!
I found Ms. Hernandez's firm last year after having a bad experience with my last employer. I felt that they had taken advantage of me, but I was not sure if I had a case. Ms. Hernandez and her staff were thorough, attentive, and explained the law and strategies to help my case. She was able to resolve my case outside of court and it only took a few months. I did not have any expectations when I contacted her firm, but I am sure glad that I did!
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Posted by anonymous | January 18, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Slow, not responsive
I contacted Ms. Hernandez firm and spoke to her paralegal that was little to no help. She asked me to email her the documents to support my case which I did immediately after my call. I had to follow up on 3 occasions and it took over 30 days for a reply that they would not accept my case. If your looking for a timely response or competent paralegal go elsewhere.
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Response from Gilda Hernandez January 23, 2018
Sir/Madam: On behalf of the Law Offices of Gilda A. Hernandez, PLLC, I apologize for the firm's failure in providing you with a timely response regarding your potential claim. Because the firm does not charge consultation fees or bill by the hour, but in fact, only recovers fees, when the firm is able to provide a recovery for the potential client, we review each potential claim very carefully. To be clear, we review any and all documentation, researching the company/potential defendant, and even researching the law to determine all aspects of the potential claim, and whether our firm can provide value. While sometimes this can be done in a matter of days, sometimes it can take longer, especially when holidays and bad weather make a timely response more challenging. Finally, because these are complex civil action matters, which usually end up being litigated in state/federal court, which can take months, if not years, we must be extremely diligent in our work. That said, I apologize for your experience with our firm, if you would like to schedule a call to further discuss your potential case, feel free to call us back and schedule a meeting with me, Jill Hernandez. I would happy to re-evaluate your potential claim.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 15 minutes

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.1 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Gilda A. Hernandez, PLLC
  • 2013 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Mid Size Law Firm
  • 2008 - 2013
  • Summer Associate
  • United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • 2004 - 2004
  • Summer Associate
  • United States Department Of Labor, Office Of The Solicitor
  • 2003 - 2003
  • Investigator
  • United States Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division
  • 1997 - 2008
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Education

  • Southwestern University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • University of Illinois, Chicago
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995

Legal Cases

  • Guererro v. Pro Klean, Inc
  • Plaintiffs Verdict
  • Poultry Processing Case, North Carolina
  • Settled

Associations

  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • 2005 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Wage Issues with Tipped Employees in the Restaurant Industry
  • 2017
  • Litigating Wage & Hour Cases: Challenges & Opportunities Conference
  • Litigating Wage & Hour Cases: Challenges & Opportunities
  • 2017
  • Labor Rights Week
  • Rights in the Workplace
  • 2017
  • 32nd Annual North Carolina/South Carolina Labor and Employment
  • What's New in Wage and Hour Litigation
  • 2016
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (4)
Employment and labor Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Jill for a few years now. She is an expert in FLSA and NC Wage and Hour claims. I have sought out her advice on numerous wage claims. I trust her and have always been impressed with her knowledge, ability, intelligence and zealous representation of her clients. I definitely endorse her and recommend her to any one whose employer has not paid the appropriate wage."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Gilda. Highly respected in the legal community with an outstanding reputation for client advocacy and dedication."
Employment and labor Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch lawyer. Highly respected in the legal community."
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