Stephanie Seay Kelly is a partner in Ice Miller’s Labor and Employment Practice in Chicago, Illinois.  Stephanie’s practice is dedicated to helping companies navigate the thorny intricacies of the employment relationship and Human Resources function.  Stephanie represents employers in lawsuits involving race, national origin, sex, age, religion and disability discrimination, whistleblower and retaliation, leaves, wage and hour and related common law.  She has appeared in state and federal courts and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor, the Illinois Department of Human Rights, the Chicago Commission on Human Rights and various state and local agencies throughout the country.  Stephanie also counsels employers on other facets of employment litigation, such as defamation, tortious interference and the application and review of personnel policies, handbooks, and procedures.
Stephanie’s experience includes consulting with management and human resources professionals regarding personnel issues including hiring, discipline, termination, medical leaves and reasonable accommodations. She has conducted fact investigations in connection with employees’ internal complaints and in response to threatened or pending charges and litigation.  Stephanie facilitates training on preventive management practices, litigation avoidance, employment law, unlawful workplace harassment and diversity training for employees and managers.

Stephanie routinely counsels employers on all aspects of workplace privacy and information security.   She advises businesses on surveillance of employees’ electronic communications, the Federal Stored Communications Act, workplace searches, location tracking and use of GPS-enabled devices, background checks, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, social media impact on the workplace, HIPAA, and the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act of 2008 (GINA).  Stephanie also has substantial experience representing employers in disputes involving misappropriation of trade secrets, claims of unfair competition and charges of wrongful termination.

Stephanie devotes a substantial part of her practice to representing employers in complex class and collective actions involving overtime and other wage-related claims and she specializes in helping employers to develop forward-thinking compliance measures that reduce wage and hour disputes and other employment-related issues.

Selected Experience
  • Stephanie is a skilled litigator and was a senior member of a team that succeeded in decertifying a Rule 23 class action of 5,000 insurance agents who alleged misclassification. Her considerable experience allows her to effectively:
    • Litigate wage and hour class/collective actions
    • Litigate discrimination and harassment claims
    • Handle arbitration and mediation
    • Provide wage and hour and exemption auditing
    • Assist clients with class action avoidance and defense
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