Georgelle Cuevas is experienced in counseling and representing public and private sector employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including discrimination/harassment, wrongful termination, disability, reasonable accommodation, wage and hour requirements, leave requirements, discipline and dismissal. She has significant experience conducting thorough and effective investigations concerning workplace issues and student complaints. She regularly assists school districts, county offices of education, and community colleges in navigating the requirements of the Education Code, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations, the Brown Act, and other state and federal laws. She has represented employers in multi-day administrative hearings.
In addition to being a licensed attorney, Ms. Cuevas is also a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). Ms. Cuevas gained experience in employment law, retirement, education and civil rights at previous firms. Her prior experience also includes internships with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the National Labor Relations Board.
During her LL.M. program, Ms. Cuevas served as the Associate Editor of the Berkeley Journal of International Law (BJIL). During law school, Ms. Cuevas served as the Vice-President of External Affairs for the Moot Court Honors Society. In addition, she won a CALI award for receiving the highest grade in her Immigration Law class.
Ms. Cuevas is a popular and highly requested speaker. She regularly provides training throughout the nation on a variety of subjects of interest to K-12 school districts, community colleges, universities, governing boards, and other management teams.
Honors & Recognitions
Ms. Cuevas was named to Super Lawyers' 2022 Northern California lists of Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.
News & Publications
- Super Lawyers, 07.05.2022
Events & Speaking Engagements
Ms. Cuevas regularly provides training addressing subjects that impact the workplace, the educational setting, and collective bargaining. She provides training on the FRISK® model for preparing effective documentation regarding employee substandard performance or conduct; leadership and communication skills; conducting investigations in the educational and workplace environments; conflict resolution; Brown Act compliance, and state-mandated sexual harassment training. She also lectures at webinars and conferences for local, statewide, and national organizations such as ACCCA, ACSA, ACHRO, CASBO, CISOA, CSBA, NSBA, and WACUBO.
Some of the many sessions she has led include:
- Title IX Academy (i.e. Training for the whole Title IX team, including Title IX Coordinators, Investigators, Decision Makers, and Appeals Officers)
- Addressing Complaints: Are Your Investigations Legally Compliant?
- FRISK® Academy (i.e. FRISK® Documentation Model, Framing the FRISK® Message, and the Advanced FRISK® Documentation Model)
- Leaves Boot Camp (i.e. Managing and Understanding Leaves, Making the Interactive Process a Success, and Employee Absenteeism: Managing Attendance Issues)
- Recognizing and Preventing Sexual Harassment and Abusive Conduct
- Employee Evaluations, Common Pitfalls and Best Practices
- Student Discipline 101
- Contract Negotiations (e.g. Negotiating in Times of Economic Uncertainty, Improving the Labor Relationship at and Away from the Table, Close Up on Contract Language, Classified Layoffs and Contract Language)
- Public Records Act: How to Comply Following City of San Jose
- Records and Security Issues (e.g. Confidentiality, Records Retention, Data Breach, GPS and Employers/Schools, Campus Security in the 21st Century)
- Managing and Understanding Millennials and Gen-Zers
Alerts & Articles
- Governor Signs A.B. 1078, Effective Immediately, to Address Textbooks and Instructional Materials in Public Schools10.24.2023
- California Expands Paid Sick Leave for Certain School Employees and Expands Protections to Previously Exempt Employees Covered by Collective Bargaining Agreements10.11.2023
- Assembly Bill 1041 Expands the Category of Individuals for Whom an Employee May Take Leave Under Various California Laws10.14.2022
- Newly Proposed Title IX Regulatory Amendments Explicitly Clarify That Title IX Prohibits Discrimination on the Bases of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity07.18.2022
- Governor Signs Executive Order N-3-22 to Support Safe In-Person Learning in Schools Amid Surge in COVID-19 Cases01.13.2022
- SB 493 Will Require Colleges and Universities to Revise Sexual Harassment Complaint Procedures in 202212.14.2021
- Seven Bay Area Counties Release Virtually Identical “Shelter in Place of Residence” Orders That Will Affect Schools And Local Educational Agencies in Those Counties03.17.2020, updated 04.01.20
- New Legislation Makes Merit System Playground Supervisors Permanent Classified Employees as of January 1, 201909.21.2018
Ms. Cuevas is a contributor to the firm’s education publications and blog.
"Proposed Law Would Curb Smartphone Use in Classrooms", Daily Journal, May 28, 2019.
- EdLawConnect Blog, 07.28.2022
- Inadvertent Disability Discrimination May Lurk in Hiring Software, Artificial Intelligence and AlgorithmsEdLawConnect Blog, 06.16.2022
- EdLawConnect Blog, 04.01.2019
- EdLawConnect Blog, 06.06.2018
- EdLawConnect Blog, 04.23.2018
- SB 395 — New Protections for Students Age 15 and under when Subjected to Custodial Interrogation by Law EnforcementEdLawConnect Blog, 01.09.2018
- New Handbook Published by State Chancellor’s Office Highlights Best Practices to Promote Diversity in HiringEdLawConnect Blog, 11.30.2016
- EEOC Limits on Disability-Related Inquiries Regarding Employee Participation in Employer-Sponsored Wellness PlansEdLawConnect Blog, 08.09.2016
- EdLawConnect Blog, 07.14.2016
Community & Professional
Ms. Cuevas volunteered as an attorney coach of the Amador Valley High School Mock Trial Team for the 2018-2019 competition season. She previously served as an attorney scorer for Contra Costa County's moot court and mock trial programs for high school students from 2012-2015.
LL.M, University of California, Berkeley School of Law
J.D., University of Akron School of Law
M.S.M., University of Akron, College of Business Administration
B.F.A., Kent State University
- 2012, California
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Courts, Eastern and Northern Districts of California