As a member of the Littler CaseSmart® team and based in New York, Stephanie Suarez is responsible for handling administrative agency charges from investigation to conclusion. She works on client-dedicated service teams, focused on handling charges. She investigates charge allegations, reviews pertinent documents, interviews key witnesses, and provides clients an assessment of the risks associated with the charge. In partnership with the client, Stephanie defends the charge by drafting persuasive position statements and responses to the agency’s requests for information and/or pursues resolution of the charge through formal or informal settlement negotiations.
Stephanie has experience counseling clients on topics related to anti-discrimination and anti-sexual harassment laws. Stephanie has successfully represented clients in employment discrimination matters before a wide array of local, state, and federal agencies and courts, including the New York City Commission on Human Rights, the New York State Division of Human Rights, the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, the Tampa Office of Human Rights, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and various state and federal courts in New York and Connecticut. She has also routinely advised clients on compliance-related issues regarding to anti-discrimination and anti-sexual harassment laws, drafting updated policies, handbooks, and training programs.
In addition, Stephanie’s practice has included defending property owners and managers in housing discrimination matters, including under the Fair Housing Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, and related local, state, and federal statutes. Stephanie also represented and counseled clients in matters related to the creation and enforcement of employment agreements, restrictive covenants, and noncompete agreements.