Stephen (Steve) Melnick counsels and represents employers regarding a broad range of employment laws, with a particular focus on:

  • Wage and hour law
  • Discrimination and harassment
  • Unfair competition and trade secrets
  • Whistleblowing and retaliation
  • Complex litigation and class actions

Steve regularly appears before federal and state courts, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, and the Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights. He has drafted appellate briefs for the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and the Fourth Circuit, and the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

Steve represents clients in a wide variety of industries, including healthcare, technology, retail, and transportation. He provides advice to employers regarding legal issues including:

  • Compliance with equal opportunity laws
  • Compensation and wage and hour issues
  • Alternative dispute resolution policies
  • Other workplace policies and handbooks

Prior to joining Littler, Steve worked as a field representative for both the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD).


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News, Analysis & Press

Determining Which State Governs A Remote Work Agreement

Law360 Employment Authority

July 6, 2022


  • Employment Contracts: An Employer Perspective; Litigating Sexual Harassment Claims: An Employer’s Perspective, Massachusetts Employment Law, MCLE New England, Contributing Chapter Author, 2015

Speaking Engagements

2022 New England Regional Employer Conference

Boston, MA

November 15, 2022

2021 New England Virtual Employer Conference

November 9, 2021

New England: Small States with Big Paid Sick Leave Obligations

2019 New England Employer Conference, Newton, MA

September 27, 2019

Preventing and Addressing Wage and Hour Claims in the Construction Industry

Boston, MA

December 13, 2018

Navigating Uncharted Waters: The New Massachusetts Noncompetition Law

September 17, 2018

The Pay Equity Wave Rolls On: What Massachusetts Employers Need to Know to Stay Afloat

June 13, 2018

Pay Equity Compliance: How to Advise Your C-Suite and Safeguard Your Company

Boston, MA

March 28, 2018

Transportation Industry Roundtable

The 2017 Executive Employer® Conference

May 10, 2017

The FLSA: Change Is Coming. Are You Ready?

2016 New England Employer Conference, Burlington, MA

October 13, 2016

Massachusetts Pay Equity: What You Need to Know

September 30, 2016

Transportation/Courier Industry Roundtable

The 2016 Executive Employer® Conference, Scottsdale, AZ

May 6, 2016

DOL's Proposed Changes to the White Collar Regulations: What Should Employers Do Now?

Boston, MA

November 5, 2015


  • J.D., Boston College Law School, 2006cum laude
  • B.A., Cornell University, 2003With Honors

Foro di appartenenza

Rhode Island