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Courtney Stieber

Associate

New York
Direct: (212) 218-3382
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Courtney Stieber is a senior associate in the Labor & Employment Department in the New York office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.   Ms. Stieber’s practice focuses on complex employment litigation, defending management against claims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation under federal, state and city anti-discrimination laws, single and class action claims brought under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, wage and hour collective and class actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state analogues, breach of contract and related theories, and complex discrimination class actions.

Ms. Stieber has significant first and second chair trial experience, including:

  • Securing a complete defense jury verdict on a race discrimination case brought by a former Vice President of the Company following a seven week jury trial;
  • Obtaining the dismissal of four out of six claims on a motion for directed verdict and securing a unanimous defense jury verdict on the remaining claims of gender discrimination and retaliation for a Fortune 25 client;
  • Securing a defense verdict following a bench trial on defamation and breach of contract claims; and 
  • Obtaining a complete walk-away for a Fortune 25 client days before trial, including the voluntary and with prejudice dismissal of all claims in a multi-plaintiff action.

She also has extensive experience with employment litigation in administrative agencies, including first-chair representation in administrative public hearings.

Ms. Stieber represents clients in many industries, including banking and finance, retail, hospitality and higher education.  She also provides clients with legal and practical advice on various workplace issues, including hiring practices, job classifications, internal complaints and investigations, and FMLA and ADA issues.

In particular, Ms. Stieber has specialized knowledge regarding the Fair Credit Reporting Act and state laws affecting background screening and pre-employment decisions regarding criminal history, and she counsels both employers and consumer reporting agencies on compliance requirements under these laws and hiring practices with respect to applicants with criminal convictions.  She has additionally represented clients in litigations and administrative hearings regarding background check compliance.

Courtney Stieber is a senior associate in the Labor & Employment Department in the New York office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.   Ms. Stieber’s practice focuses on complex employment litigation, defending management against claims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation under federal, state and city anti-discrimination laws, single and class action claims brought under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, wage and hour collective and class actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state analogues, breach of contract and related theories, and complex discrimination class actions.

Ms. Stieber has significant first and second chair trial experience, including:

  • Securing a complete defense jury verdict on a race discrimination case brought by a former Vice President of the Company following a seven week jury trial;
  • Obtaining the dismissal of four out of six claims on a motion for directed verdict and securing a unanimous defense jury verdict on the remaining claims of gender discrimination and retaliation for a Fortune 25 client;
  • Securing a defense verdict following a bench trial on defamation and breach of contract claims; and 
  • Obtaining a complete walk-away for a Fortune 25 client days before trial, including the voluntary and with prejudice dismissal of all claims in a multi-plaintiff action.

She also has extensive experience with employment litigation in administrative agencies, including first-chair representation in administrative public hearings.

Ms. Stieber represents clients in many industries, including banking and finance, retail, hospitality and higher education.  She also provides clients with legal and practical advice on various workplace issues, including hiring practices, job classifications, internal complaints and investigations, and FMLA and ADA issues.

In particular, Ms. Stieber has specialized knowledge regarding the Fair Credit Reporting Act and state laws affecting background screening and pre-employment decisions regarding criminal history, and she counsels both employers and consumer reporting agencies on compliance requirements under these laws and hiring practices with respect to applicants with criminal convictions.  She has additionally represented clients in litigations and administrative hearings regarding background check compliance.

Education

  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center (2009)
  • B.A., University of Michigan (2006)

Admissions

  • New York

Courts

  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, and Northern Districts of New York

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Association

Presentations

  • Panelist, “Pay Equity and Salary History Inquiries,” AESC Boutique Firm Forum (October 2017)
  • Speaker, “End User FAQs: What Do I Say When My Client Asks _____?,” NAPBS Annual Conference (September 2017)
  • “New York Employment Law: 2017 Forecast,” Breakfast Briefing, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP, New York, NY (February 15, 2017)
  • Speaker, “What Consumer Reporting Agencies Should Know About Ban the Box Legislation and Its Impact on the Adverse Action Process,” NAPBS Annual Conference (September 2016)
  • "New York Employment Law Update 2016: A Look Back and What to Expect in the New Year," Breakfast Briefing, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP, New York, NY (January 27, 2016)
  • “Best Practices for Complying with New York City’s Fair Chance Act and Stop Credit Discrimination in Employment Act,” Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (December 16, 2015)
  • “Managing the Pregnant Worker: Accommodations and Other Best Practices,” Breakfast Briefing, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (April 2015)
  • “Background Checks and Hiring Procedures: The Pitfalls, Deepening Risks, and Best Practices Every Employer Needs To Know,” Breakfast Briefing, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (June 2013)

Publications

Accolades

  • Super Lawyers New York Metro 2013–2017 (Rising Stars)