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Kristina H. Vaquera


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Kristina H. Vaquera is a Principal in the Norfolk, Virginia, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Her practice focuses exclusively on labor and employment counseling and litigation.

Ms. Vaquera represents employers in federal and state court lawsuits and agency investigations and charges covering a wide range of statutes and subjects, including anti-discrimination and civil rights laws, wrongful termination claims, disability accommodation and access, wage and hour laws, covenants not to compete, leave of absence claims, negligent hire/retention, and breaches of fiduciary duty and contract. Ms. Vaquera has litigated class and collective actions, including FLSA, FCRA, and discrimination class actions. She also represents clients in mediation and arbitration before various national and state entities.

As part of Ms. Vaquera’s counseling practice, she provides daily counseling and training to management to help employers avoid litigation. She assists clients with employment agreements, handbooks, background checks and drug testing issues, and disciplinary action. She represents employers before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, National Labor Relations Board, Department of Labor, and numerous state agencies, such as the Virginia Employment Commission, Virginia Department of Labor and Industry, Virginia Department of Housing Discrimination, and Virginia Worker’s Compensation Commission.

Ms. Vaquera speaks extensively on various employment topics, including to the Virginia and Hampton Roads Society of Human Resource Managers, Virginia State Bar Labor and Employment Section, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Virginia Employment Commission, International Professional Managers Association, Virginia Government Contract Attorneys Association, Society of Designers and Architects, local chambers of commerce, Hampton Roads Industrial Liaison Group, PINK! Women Business Owners Conference, Public Media Business Association, the American Council of Engineering Companies, and the Retail Association of Hampton Roads. She lives in Hampton Roads with her family.

Honors and Recognitions

  • Virginia’s Inside Business, “Top 40 under 40” professionals (2003)
  • Virginia Legal Elite: Young Lawyer (2009)

Professional Associations and Activities

  • Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, Chesapeake Division, Board of Directors (2007-2013)
  • Hampton Roads Society of Human Resource Managers, Board of Directors (2013-Present)
  • Hampton Roads Society of Human Resource Managers, Legal Affairs Director (2013-2015)
  • Hampton Roads Society of Human Resource Managers, Secretary (2015-2017)
  • Hampton Roads Society of Human Resource Managers, President Elect (2017)
  • Hampton Roads Society of Human Resource Managers, President (2018)
  • Hampton Roads Network for Executive Women, Founder (2003-2009)
  • LEAD Hampton Roads (2003)
  • Norfolk-Portsmouth Bar Association
  • Virginia Bar Association

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • Girl Scouts of the USA
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association
  • St. Matthew’s School – President, Parent Teacher Guild

Published Works

  • Virginia Employer's Guide to Hiring and Firing. NA: 2007. [Co-Author]
  • The Developing Labor Law. NA: 2000. [Contributing Editor]

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June 28, 2019

Kristina Vaquera and Milena Radovic Discuss Virginia's New Law Requiring Disclosure of Personnel Records

June 28, 2019

Kristina Vaquera and Milena Radovic discuss a new Virginia law requiring employers to provide workers copies of certain personnel records when they receive a written request for such information in "Virginia Employers Must Comply with a New Personnel Record Law," published by SHRM.  Subscription may be required to... Read More

March 10, 2019
Inside Business

Kristina Vaquera and Milena Radovic Discuss Hot Topics in Employment Law

March 10, 2019

Kristina Vaquera and Milena Radovic discuss hiring practices, salary, harassment and discrimination claims in "Giving back through mentoring and sponsoring | Chamber notes," published by Inside Business. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

November 26, 2018
Inside Business

Kristina Vaquera Discusses How Employers Can Navigate Complex Issues in the Workplace

November 26, 2018

Kristina Vaquera discusses how employers can navigate complex problems in the workplace and create a culture of accountability in "Supporting the economic pillars in Hampton Roads Chamber Notes," published by Inside Business. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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June 25, 2019

Are General Contractors Liable for Their Subcontractors’ Actions or Inactions?

June 25, 2019

A general contractor in Southern California found itself on the hook for its subcontractor’s failure to pay wages to its workers, even though the general contractor had no knowledge of it. The case illustrates an important reminder for general contractors. The general contractor was fined close to $600,000 under a 2017 California... Read More

June 12, 2019

Virginia Employers Required to Provide Copies of Employment Records Upon Written Request

June 12, 2019

On July 1, 2019, a new amendment to Virginia Code Section 8.01-413.1 will take effect. For the first time, all Virginia employers will be required to provide copies of employment records to employees upon written request. Records reflecting dates of employment, wages or salary during employment, job description and job title and any... Read More

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Insurance Agents Properly Classified as Independent Contractors, Circuit Court Rules
February 26, 2019

The Sixth Circuit ruled that agents were properly classified as independent contractors in an Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) class action brought on behalf of thousands of current and former insurance agents in Jammal v. American Family Insurance Co., No. 17-4125 (6th Cir. Jan. 29, 2019). Read More