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Julie K. Collins Reyes

Counsel

Chicago
Direct: (312) 460-5535
Fax: (312) 460-7535
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Ms. Reyes is counsel in the Labor and Employment Group, and is a member of the firm’s national Wage & Hour Litigation Practice Group, as well as a member of the firm’s national Background Screening Compliance and Litigation Group. 

Ms. Reyes devotes her practice to advising employers of their rights and obligations under the Fair Labor Standards Act and representing management in litigation and administrative enforcement actions arising under state and federal wage and hour laws.  Ms. Reyes has defended several class and collective actions brought by employees alleging a variety of wage and hour violations under federal and state law.  In addition to defending litigation, Ms. Reyes also advises clients on proactive ways to comply with federal and state wage and hour laws.  Ms. Reyes also has significant experience in large-scale audits of employer workforces.  Ms. Reyes’s assistance to clients on wage and hour matters spans many industries, including finance, hospitality, transportation, and consulting. 

In addition to her wage and hour work, Ms. Reyes also dedicates her practice to advising both employers and providers (resellers and consumer reporting agencies) of their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and state laws effecting background screening.  Ms. Reyes has also been involved in litigation regarding these issues.

Ms. Reyes also has a significant experience in other aspects of employment litigation, including state and federal court cases involving allegations of sex, race, and national origin discrimination and harassment under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and state laws, allegations of retaliation, allegations of disability discrimination and reasonable accommodation issues under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and state statutes, and allegations of age discrimination under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA).  In addition to federal and state court cases, Ms. Reyes has also handled numerous actions before various state and local administrative agencies, asserting a variety of discrimination and retaliation claims.

Ms. Reyes speaks to employers and attorneys on wage and hour issues, as well as background screening issues, including the use of social media in employment screening.  Ms. Reyes is also a contributor to the ALM Law Journal Press wage and hour treatise.

Ms. Reyes is counsel in the Labor and Employment Group, and is a member of the firm’s national Wage & Hour Litigation Practice Group, as well as a member of the firm’s national Background Screening Compliance and Litigation Group. 

Ms. Reyes devotes her practice to advising employers of their rights and obligations under the Fair Labor Standards Act and representing management in litigation and administrative enforcement actions arising under state and federal wage and hour laws.  Ms. Reyes has defended several class and collective actions brought by employees alleging a variety of wage and hour violations under federal and state law.  In addition to defending litigation, Ms. Reyes also advises clients on proactive ways to comply with federal and state wage and hour laws.  Ms. Reyes also has significant experience in large-scale audits of employer workforces.  Ms. Reyes’s assistance to clients on wage and hour matters spans many industries, including finance, hospitality, transportation, and consulting. 

In addition to her wage and hour work, Ms. Reyes also dedicates her practice to advising both employers and providers (resellers and consumer reporting agencies) of their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and state laws effecting background screening.  Ms. Reyes has also been involved in litigation regarding these issues.

Ms. Reyes also has a significant experience in other aspects of employment litigation, including state and federal court cases involving allegations of sex, race, and national origin discrimination and harassment under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and state laws, allegations of retaliation, allegations of disability discrimination and reasonable accommodation issues under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and state statutes, and allegations of age discrimination under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA).  In addition to federal and state court cases, Ms. Reyes has also handled numerous actions before various state and local administrative agencies, asserting a variety of discrimination and retaliation claims.

Ms. Reyes speaks to employers and attorneys on wage and hour issues, as well as background screening issues, including the use of social media in employment screening.  Ms. Reyes is also a contributor to the ALM Law Journal Press wage and hour treatise.

Education

  • J.D., Marquette University Law School (2007)

    magna cum laude
    Articles Editor, Marquette Law Review

  • B.S., University of Wisconsin (2004)

Admissions

  • Wisconsin
  • Illinois

Courts

  • Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association

Representative Engagements

  • Provided Upon Request

Publications

  • "Wage & Hour Tip of the Week #20; Tip Off Employees to the Tip Credit," Assessing the Risk, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (September 2, 2013)
  • Contributing Author, "Chapter 23," Wage & Hour Collective and Class Litigation,  ALM Law Journal Press (2012).  Definitive treatise on wage and hour litigation.
  • Co-Author, “Plaintiff ”Floored” After Eleventh Circuit Rules Recovery of Full Damages Does Not Mean He’s Prevailing Party,” Wage & Hour Litigation Blog, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (August 4, 2011)
  • “Eighth Circuit Rules that Tipped Employees Cannot Spend More than Twenty Percent of Their Time Performing Non-Tip Producing Tasks,” One Minute Memo, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (April 21, 2011)
  • "Scalia’s Raich Concurrence:  A Significant Departure from Originalist Interpretation?"  90 Marq. L. Rev. 1043 (2007)